Update: As of 3:20 p.m. the National Weather Service has upgraded the winter storm watch to a winter storm warning.
WILMINGTON — It’s cold in the Cape Fear, and according to the National Weather Service, the cold weather is going to stick around for a couple of days – and Wilmington might even get to see a chance of snow.
The National Weather Service has issued several hazardous weather conditions including a wind chill advisory until 10 a.m. today, and a winter storm watch beginning Wednesday at 11 a.m. and lasting until Thursday morning.
The wind chill advisory is in effect for several counties in the region including New Hanover County, Pender County, and Brunswick County.
“A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves,” according to the NWS.
According to the NWS, “Very cold wind chills expected. Expect wind chills to range from 10 above zero to five above zero.”
As a winter storm approaches our area, please take the time to get your emergency kit up-to-date with supplies like flashlights, blankets, food & water. #BePrepared #WinterWeather #ncwx #NHCgov #WinterSafety pic.twitter.com/naiRtdCPgH
— New Hanover County (@NewHanoverCo) January 2, 2018
The winter storm watch is calling for possible snow accumulations up to 2-inches and accumulations of ice as well as a “light glaze” are possible.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
NWS is warning people of the chance of frostbite, and in the hazardous weather outlook states, “The cold wind chill will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.”
The forecast is calling for a 90 percent chance of snow Wednesday night, but accumulation is not expected to be more than 1-inch.
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