Chapel Hill, NC

27.7°F / -2.4°C
Windchill: 28°F / -2°C
Humidity: 86%
Dew Point: 24°F / -4°C
Wind: SW at 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 30.51 in / 1033 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
Clouds: Clear (CLR) : -
Yesterday's Maximum: 45°F / 7°C
Yesterday's Minimum: 20°F / -7°C
UV: 0 out of 16
Sunrise:7:16 AM EST
Sunset:5:02 PM EST
Moon Rise:3:29 PM EST
Moon Set:4:13 AM EST
Moon Phase Waxing Gibbous
NOAA Weather Radio
METAR KIGX 111256Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM CLR M04/M07 A3050 RMK AO2 SLP331 T10391072
As of: 8:47 AM EST on December 11, 2016
Observed at: Cosgrove Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

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46° | 38°F
| 3°C
59° | 39°F
15° | 4°C
51° | 40°F
11° | 4°C
Today is forecast to be
Warmer than yesterday.
Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.
A slight chance of rain in the evening. Cloudy with patchy drizzle. Areas of fog after midnight. Not as cool. Near steady temperature in the upper 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Not as cool with highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds around 10 mph.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. Northeast winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s.
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 50. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Wednesday Night and Thursday
Partly cloudy. Lows around 30. Highs in the mid 40s.
Thursday Night and Friday
Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. Highs in the upper 30s.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the mid 20s.
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Not as cool with highs in the upper 40s.
As of: 7:04 am EST on December 11, 2016 from station 27514
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Scientific Forecaster Discussion

Warnings & Notices

Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:15 am EST on December 11, 2016
615 am EST sun Dec 11, 2016

winter weather preparedness week in North Carolina
December 11-17, 2016

This week has been declared winter weather preparedness week in
North Carolina. All week long the National Weather Service will be
issuing informative messages to help you prepare for winter weather.

Outlook for this winter: forecasters at noaas climate prediction
center issued the U.S. Winter outlook in late October, saying that
La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year. La
Nina favors drier, warmer Winters in North Carolina. This climate
outlook provides the most likely outcome for the upcoming winter
season; however, regardless of the outlook, there is always some
chance for extreme winter weather. With that in mind, everyone
should use this week to prepare for the upcoming winter months and
the possibility of winter storms.

Winter products: winter storm watches and warnings are issued by the
NWS for potentially life-threatening conditions. Winter storm
watches are issued when at least 3 inches of snow, and/or a 1/4 inch
or more of ice accumulation is expected in a 12 to 24 hour period.
They are typically issued within 24 to 48 hours of the storm. Winter
storm warnings are issued when at least 3 inches of snow or ice
accumulations of 1/4 inch or more are likely within 24 hours. A
Winter Weather Advisory is issued when 1 to 3 inches of snow or ice
accumulations of less than 1/4 inch are likely within 24 hours. A
Blizzard Warning is issued when strong winds combine with falling
and/or blowing snow to reduce visibility to one quarter mile or less
for at least 3 hours. Finally, a wind chill warning is issued when
wind chill temperatures are forecast to reach 15 degrees below zero
or colder.

Winter terminology: freezing rain is rain that falls and freezes to
a cold surface such as a Road or tree, causing a glaze of ice to
form. Freezing rain forms when rain falls through a warm layer above
the ground then freezes upon reaching the ground when the surface
air and ground-level objects are below freezing. Freezing rain or
"ice storms" can bring down trees and power lines, and severely
hamper travel. The ice storm in December of 2002 crippled central
North Carolina leaving some areas without power for a week. Sleet
is melted snow that has re-frozen into ice pellets prior to reaching
the ground. Sleet forms in a similar manner to freezing rain.
However, the layer of cold air near the ground is thick enough to
allow the rain drops to re-freeze before reaching the ground. Sleet
will bounce when it strikes a hard surface. Sleet can accumulate
like snow and make a Road slick, but it is not as hazardous as
freezing rain. The term flurries refer to very light snow or snow
that occurs for a short time period only causing a light dusting at
best. Finally, the wind chill temperature is the "feel-like"
temperature denoting the combined effect of wind and temperature on
people and animals. Wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss
from exposed skin. Wearing layers of clothing will help retain your
body heat and combat wind chill. Once wind chill temperatures drop
below -20 degrees fahrenheit, exposed flesh can freeze in 30 minutes
or less, causing frost bite.

Winter storms are deceptive killers because most deaths are
indirectly related to the storm. Examples are traffic accidents due
to icy roads, heart attacks while shoveling snow, fires, and Carbon
monoxide poisoning. The National Weather Service issues advisories,
watches, and warnings to help you prepare for upcoming winter
weather and take appropriate action to protect yourself and your

There are no active warnings for this location at this time.

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