Winter is on its way

Temperatures dip through weekend, officials urge preparedness
Oct. 24, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Cooler temperatures and a frost advisory will leave some area residents reaching for their jackets and turning up the heat this weekend. 

A frost advisory is in effect from 5 to 9 a.m. today throughout western and central Carolina — including Lee, Moore and Chatham counties, according to North Carolina Weather Service Meteorologist Shawna Cokley. Temperatures are also expected to dip into the low 50s and could reach below freezing Friday morning.

"The coolest weather is probably [going to be on] Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with highs in the 50s," she said. "Saturday will be in the low 50s, but temperatures should rebound back into the 60s next week."

People with outdoor plants or crops should cover the vegetation with a tarp or move them inside, Cokley said.

"We have a cold front making its way east of the area, and another one reinforcing it late [Wednesday]," she said. "Later in the week, we have one coming through Friday, but there is not a lot of moisture. We are not expecting any kind of precipitation — maybe a sprinkle or two throughout the area."

Winds are expected to gust up to 30 mph today and Friday, according to the NWS.

Family Promise of Lee County Executive Director Fredrika Cooke said her organization will try to work with homeless families even faster during the cooler weather months because of the increased needs that come with winter.

"As it gets colder, if a family has been sleeping in the car or outside, they will need proper shelter during this time," she said.

The American Red Cross recommends the following tips as cooler weather approaches:

* Generators should be used correctly, and stoves and ovens should not be used to heat homes.

* Family pets should be brought inside or provided warm shelter.

* A space heater should be on a level, nonflammable surface and never left near pets or children.

* Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing instead of a single, heavy coat.

* Wear mittens and a hat, preferably one that covers the ears.