Governor, schools and local government respond to upcoming winter storm

This page will continue to be updated as more information by officials is released throughout the week.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SCHOOLS

Cumberland County Schools will release students two hours earlier on Thursday, Jan. 20 and transition to remote learning on Friday, Jan. 21 due to the forecast winter storm. All sporting events and extracurricular activities are cancelled.

Students will work independently on assignments uploaded to the Canvas learning management platform and will have five days to complete and submit their assignments. Prime Time will be closed on Friday and all sporting events and extracurricular activities are canceled.

Students enrolled in courses at Fayetteville State University and Fayetteville Technical Community College should consult their instructors for additional guidance.

CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE

Fayetteville city leaders are telling people to prepare for freezing conditions. Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Bullard warns of potential road hazards Friday and Saturday due to winter precipitation.

According to the National Weather Service, snow, sleet and freezing rain are forecast. Fayetteville and surrounding areas are under winter surveillance until Saturday morning.

“This time will be different, we expect more buildup,” Bullard said. “We can expect the impacts to be felt all weekend.”

The Public Services team has already prepared salt trucks on Wednesday morning. Additionally, brine was applied to the city’s roads on Wednesday and barricades will remain at historic hotspots.

The Salvation Army will be open on White Flag nights and will serve as daytime shelter from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

FORT BRAGG

According to the setup update, Fort Bragg’s status for Thursday, January 20 remains unchanged. All service members, DOD civilians, and contractors will report for duty during their normal reporting hours. However, they say it is very likely, based on current forecasts, that Friday will only be for essential mission personnel. Schools, CDCs, commissioners and exchanges will most likely be closed.

Employees who are not exposed to adverse weather conditions should not report to work. Unless they are ready to telecommute, employees who do not experience adverse weather conditions will receive weather and safety leave during the suspension of normal operations. Telework Ready Employees who are able to perform work at an approved telework site must telework the entire workday or request time off, or a combination of both.

THE GOVERNOR SIGNS THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

Governor Roy Cooper signed a state of emergency ahead of the second winter storm to cross the state in a week. Starting Thursday, snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice are expected to have significant winter impacts in central and eastern parts of the state.

“This state of emergency will override certain transportation regulations to allow for faster storm preparedness and response and restoration of power,” Governor Cooper said. “North Carolina residents should prepare today for this storm and ensure they have all the medicine, food and emergency equipment they may need over the next few days.”

The governor’s office expects this storm to bring several inches of snow from the Northeast Triangle toward the coast, and up to a half-inch of ice accumulation in southeastern counties. Widespread power outages begin when about a quarter inch of ice accumulates on power lines.

To prepare for this storm and possible power outages, North Carolina Emergency Management advises people to:

  • Get the groceries and essentials you need before Thursday evening. Travel will become hazardous in many parts of eastern North Carolina after this.
  • Keep cell phones, mobile devices and spare batteries charged in the event of a power outage
  • Keep fresh batteries on hand for weather radios and flashlights.
  • Dress warmly. Wear several layers of thin clothing instead of one layer of thick clothing.
  • Properly vent kerosene heaters and make sure generators are operated outdoors and away from open windows or doors to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors or use a gas grill indoors.
  • Use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio or weather alert app on your phone to receive emergency weather alerts.
  • Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include scraper, jumper cables, tow chain, sand/salt, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and road map.
  • Gather emergency supplies for your pet, including a leash and feeding supplies, enough food for several days, and a pet carrier bag.
  • Do not leave pets outside for long periods in freezing weather.

Visit ReadyNC.gov for more information on preparing for winter weather, as well as information on power outages. Visit DriveNC.gov for current NCDOT travel requirements.