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Winter Weather Awareness Week: Are you prepared?

December 1 is the start of meteorological winter, and the National Weather Service has deemed this week Winter Weather Awareness Week. December 1 is the start of meteorological winter, and the National Weather Service has deemed this week Winter Weather Awareness Week.
The winter of 2014-2015 is expected to be slightly cooler and slightly wetter than normal for southeast North Carolina. The winter of 2014-2015 is expected to be slightly cooler and slightly wetter than normal for southeast North Carolina.
December 1 is the start of meteorological winter, and the National Weather Service has deemed this week Winter Weather Awareness Week. 

The winter of 2014-2015 is expected to be slightly cooler and slightly wetter than normal for southeast North Carolina. All it takes is one system to turn winter weather fans frowns into smiles.

Though snow can be enjoyable and can be a bit of an enigma for people in southeastern North Carolina, winter weather is a form of severe weather and can have crippling effects.

Just as many have a plan of action and supplies for hurricanes, you should have a similar one for winter weather. Many of the same rules apply. Make sure to have non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, first aid kits and fuel for generators if the power does go out.

With winter weather, you should also think about having extra emergency heating sources and blankets. If you are stuck in a vehicle, kitty litter or sand to add traction and windshield scrapers and brushes are also items to have.

In the emerging world of social media, some outlets may put out false information or over-hyped forecasts. 

Remember, last year's big snowfall, several social media sites showed maps of 12-15” of snow for Wilmington, when in actuality, a lot of it fell in the form of ice and sleet and ended with a round of snow that only totaled about 2” at ILM Airport. 

Be wary when you see weather information floating around on social media sites that are not from local media or the National Weather Service. 

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