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McDowell County Emergency Management
Thursday December 22nd, 2022 :: 09:06 a.m. EST


Dangerous wind chills expected starting on Friday. High elevations of McDowell could see -20F wind chills. Click link for more info.

  • Wind Chill Warning in effect from 1AM Friday to 1PM Saturday for NW sections of McDowell County including Ashford, Woodlawn, Little Switzerland, PG, Old Fort, Crooked Creek, and Sugar Hill.
  • Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 1AM Friday to 1PM Saturday for Marion, Nebo, Glenwood, Hankins, Dysartsville, Lake James.
* WHAT...For the Wind Chill Warning, dangerously cold wind chills
expected. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero. For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero.

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Warning, from 1 AM Friday to 1 PM
EST Saturday. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 1 AM Friday to
1 PM EST Saturday.

Strong winds could cause extensive damage to trees and power lines. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on
exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.
Precautionary/Preparedness Actions
A Wind Chill Warning means the combination of very cold air and
strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This
will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if
precautions are not taken.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds
will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in
frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and
Special Statement from the National Weather Service:
A very cold arctic airmass will invade the area following a strong
frontal passage Friday morning. Saturday will be the coldest day,
with well below normal cold air remaining in place through at
least Monday. Friday and Saturday morning behind the front will
also be very windy, with an unusually high risk from wind chill
impacts, including frost bite and hypothermia.
The cold weather will result in high demand for electricity across
the region. Power outages may result from the heavy electrical
load. Those who require electricity for heating or medical
equipment should consider backup heat or electrical sources.
Take steps now to protect your property and health from the
extreme cold. If you go outside, wear several layers of loose
fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy
clothing. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat and cover
your mouth with a scarf. If driving, keep your gas tank near full
to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Check your antifreeze and
windshield washer fluid levels. Be sure to carry a fully charged
cell phone.
If you are home, consider allowing indoor plumbing fixtures to
drip to allow water to trickle through pipes and inhibit freezing.
Use caution with space heaters in order to avoid fire or injury.
If emergency generators will be used, they must be situated
outdoors in well-ventilated areas to prevent carbon monoxide
poisoning. Also, remember to check in on family, friends, and
elderly neighbors who might be susceptible to the cold. Do not
forget about your pets and livestock. Make sure they have a source
of water that will not freeze and a warm place to take shelter
from the wind and cold.
Do not attempt to walk on frozen ponds, lakes, or streams, as the
ice will not be thick enough to support the weight, even of a

McDowell County Emergency Management
129 Barnes Rd
Marion, NC 28752

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 828-652-3241

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