On Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh issued a winter storm warning for much of central North Carolina, including Anson County. The warning is in effect from noon Tuesday until noon Wednesday.
The warning advisory states that 3-5 inches of snow are possible during the 12-hour period, although accumulations may be heavier in some areas. Charlotte TV station WCNC expected snowfall in Anson County to range from 1-3 inches.
In preparation for the wintry weather, the N.C. Department of Transportation coated major highways in Anson County with anti-icing materials on Monday afternoon.
Snowfall rates of up to an inch per hour for consecutive hours can quickly cover road surfaces, making travel hazardous Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The snow is expected to impact travel on interstates and major highways throughout the region.
The National Weather Service urges motorists to travel only if necessary. “If you must travel…” the advisory reads, “… keep an extra flashlight… food… and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”
As of 3:45 p.m. Monday, Anson County Schools Superintendent Michael Freeman had not made any decisions about cancellations or delays for the county's schools on Tuesday and Wednesday. From Anson County Schools Superintendent Michael Freeman at Monday night's Board of Education meeting: "We will be monitoring weather conditions overnight. We will plan to open school at the regular time tomorrow. We will alert parents ASAP if we need to have early dismissal tomorrow. The safety of our staff and students is our No. 1 priority."
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