Central Carolina SKYWARN activates at the direction of the Raleigh National Weather Service for winter weather. We have been directed NOT to activate for Tuesday’s event given the amount of expected snowfall and above freezing temperatures during the daytime.
We have been directed to activate for the Wednesday-Thursday event with the onset of wintry precipitation.
The National Weather Service will be looking for the following criteria during this event:
Name, Call sign and Spotter Number (if available)
Location (street & cross street with city and county or latitude/longitude coordinates)
Precipitation type - Snow, Sleet, Freezing rain, Rain, Mixed precipitation with predominant type
Rate of precipitation - Light, Moderate or Heavy
Any changeover in precipitation type
Measured accumulation/accretion during the past 2 hours (should correspond with net times if possible)
Measured total event accumulation/accretion
Sustained (not blinking) power outages
Please note that temperature and wind speed are not requested at this time.
If conditions are bad with icing, the NWS prefers you play it safe by staying inside and not making measurements of ice accretion.
With the onset of precipitation, a Net Control Station will be standing by to take initial winter weather reports on Wednesday. A directed net will then at the bottom of every other hour to take reports. We will temporarily cease operations at midnight and resume nets at 6:30am on Wednesday for the duration of the event. Please listen for announcements or check our website and Facebook page for scheduled nets.
If you observe a significant change in precipitation, such as a changeover from rain to sleet, sleet to snow, snow to sleet, sleet to freezing rain, etc., please call Net Control before the next scheduled net.
You may make winter weather reports via the Central Carolina SKYWARN Net, the Central Carolina Facebook page, the National Weather Service Facebook page, or calling the NWS using the confidential number you received during spotter training.
Look for us on the 146.88 repeater. Our backups, should we need them, are:
147.105 (+) (82.5 Hz) Broadway
147.135 (+) (82.5) Chapel Hill
Carolina 440 UHF Linked System
Per the National Weather Service, storms like this typically produce impacts such as…
-Difficult, if not impossible travel conditions
-Downed trees and power lines, where the heaviest ice accumulates
-Widespread and prolonged power outages
-Increase danger of home and business structure fires, as people turn to alternative heating sources
-Increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning for those who improperly use alternative heat sources or generators.
Also, please join us our normally scheduled CCS net tonight at 9:15pm on the 146.88 repeater. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro of the Raleigh National Weather Service will join us for a briefing on the upcoming event. You can also listen to net and briefing via www.broadcastify.com. Click on the following sequence: Live>North Carolina>Wake County. Scroll down the page and click on Central Carolina SKYWARN. That will open up the live feed for you to hear.
Please view the National Weather Service Raleigh Facebook page for the latest weather information regarding this potential winter weather event.
Be safe, and thank you in advance for your reports!