Storm Watch: Winter Storm Diego Slams Southeast, Leaving Record Breaking Snowfall

Over the weekend, The Carolinas, Virginia, and West Virginia were slammed with record breaking amounts of snowfall as Winter Storm Diego marks its tracks. After leaving behind almost three feet of snow, temperatures began to dip below freezing temperatures leaving for icy roads and treacherous travels.

Roy Cooper released a statement on Friday Dec 7 in response to the impending storm. “North Carolina is gearing up for a major winter storm and we’re taking all steps necessary to have the resources we need in place to respond,” He continues to state that “Snow may be beautiful but it can also be treacherous and I urge North Carolinians to take this storm seriously and get ready for it now” (Porter 2018). A Winter Storm Warning was placed in effect Saturday evening and remains in place until conditions clear up.

The North Carolina government body issued warnings regarding travel. Indicating that roads will become hazardous to travel and advising residents to stay indoors while refraining from travel unless absolutely necessary. In addition to icy roads, power outages were seen across the three states. Power outages are expected and utility crews have been mobilized to restore power to these areas as quick as possible.

Observed Snowfall, Winter Storm Diego 2018
Above chart (National Weather Service) Indicates Observed Snowfall as of Monday December 10, 2018 at 7AM EST.

Many school districts have closed down as travel remains wary. The NWS has placed winter storm warnings from the Southern Appalachians to the adjacent Piedmont. As Winter Storm Diego begins to dematerialize, we will be left with pockets of weather patterns that will continue to produce snow, sleet, and freezing rain as it travels westward.

Here are some tips to keep yourself safe during a winter storm:

  • Stay up to date on your local weather forecasts.
  • Stock up on non perishable food, ready-to-drink water, and any medicine for extended snow-ins.
  • Have backup batteries readily available for radios and flashlights.
  • Dress accordingly. Wear articles of clothing that will protect your from severe winter weather.
  • When using a generator or kerosene heaters, only operate outside and a way from open windows or doors to prevent C02 poisoning.
  • Keep an emergency kit for your home and for your vehicle.