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First Storm of 2014

The weather preparations are under way for a winter storm greeting us in early 2014.

In Haywood County, it's possible for residents to see a lot of snow overnight, 3 to 6 inches up above 3500 feet.

And it's a pesky scenario with rain turning to ice, and then snow and high winds.

It has folks looking for tools to stay warm and safe.  At Ace Hardware in Waynesville the rock salt is selling so well, they're bringing it in by the forklift in preparation for ice and snow.

Steve Carver, Ace Hardware, "mostly the tire chains and also the Eco-Thaw, the rock salt and just getting prepared for that."

Carver says each season brings business and customers are looking to stay warm with bitter temperatures and wind expected with this storm, "the weather said, the power is going to go off so the infrared heaters aren't such a big thing, it's kerosene heaters right now."

"We're filling a lot of propane bottles today, 100 pound bottles for heat, grill bottles to prepare food."

Richard Jenkins says demand for wood heats up when it gets cold.  Richard Jenkins, Scott's Landscaping, "they been what 2 cords this morning.  They wanted 2 loads, 2 cords."

Tom Cochran and his family are prepared for Cataloochee, welcoming the climate change from his home state. Tom Cochran, visiting from Florida, "they come to Florida for our sun and we come here for their snow."

The roads may not be as easy to navigate as the slopes.  The dot says crews are beginning 12 hours shifts, laying down salt on primary roads and interstates, and salt and sand on secondary roads.

They're expecting ice, and black ice, and then snow and wind.  Plows are the ready to work all night and into Friday.

Darrell Brooks, NCDOT, "we'll have our day crews coming in at 6AM in the morning and start back working 'em again."

Haywood County Schools are back in session after the holidays.  Administrators say all school buses made it in okay this morning, but they'll be keeping a close eye on the storm and make a decision about school tomorrow depending on what happens.

The highway patrol of course is cautioning drivers not to drive as the snow and ice develop.  If you must, go slow, put plenty space between you and the next vehicle, make sure you've got good tires, or chains and be very careful with black ice.

 



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