Chilly temperatures will dominate the Thanksgiving holiday. A Winter Weather Advisory for much of Western North Carolina expired at 9:00 a.m. Thursday.
It's going to be "cold turkey" as temps will be in the deep freeze for Thanksgiving morning. Lows will dip into the teens in some mountain areas with lower 20s around the Upstate.
Fast winds have largely dried up Upstate roads, but watch out for black ice, which has been widespread in the mountains. Protect the water pipes and also your pets for the overnight.
With lots of sun and light winds Thursday, highs will get into the upper 30s mountains, middle 40s Upstate. The weather will be dry through the holiday weekend with warmer weather back by Friday.
The full forecast, including an hour-by-hour look at conditions going into Thanksgiving, by clicking here.
NC DOT Warns Motorists Of Black Ice
The Department of Transportation in western North Carolina is warning motorists to watch for black ice in the early morning hours on Thursday.
North Carolina Department of Transportation maintenance engineers tell 7 On Your Side major highways and primary roads should be safe for you to travel. However, use caution on secondary roads and overpasses where black ice could easily develop.
"Curves and you got some shady spots s I still caution people there should be some slick spots that we aren't aware of," said Jason Willis with the NC DOT in Hendersonville.
The NC DOT spent much of the day Wednesday removing melting snow and other hazards. Willis says strong winds actually helped move moisture off the roads, but drivers should still report any slick patches so crews can treat them.
Winter Driving Tips
Driving in slippery conditions can be dangerous, especially if you don't encounter those conditions frequently.
"Winter brings new obstacles and responsibilities that the motoring public will experience when inclement weather moves into our state. Despite a rather mild winter so far, North Carolina’s weather can often change from one day to the next,” says North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman, First Sergeant Jeff Gordon.
The NC Department of Public Safety offers the following tips to keep you on the road and less anxious.
Avoid travel unless necessary when winter weather is in your area
Decrease your speed
Wear your seatbelt
Allow more travel time and expect delays
Increase distance between vehicles. It takes significantly longer to stop on snow covered or icy roadways.
Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel. Having an unobstructed vision is vital to avoiding running off of the road or having a collision.
Illuminate your vehicle's headlamps.
Use caution on bridges and overpasses as they are susceptible to freezing before roadways.
Avoid using cruise control.
Cruise control can cause the vehicle's wheels to continue turning on a slippery surface when speed needs to be decreased.
Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.
Charge your cellular phone prior to departure.
Take a blanket.
Notify a family member or a friend of your travel plans prior to departure.
If you are in a wreck, troopers say to be patient because winter weather limits their response time. They also suggest you move your vehicle out of the road if possible.
You can always check the latest traffic and road conditions here.
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