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UPDATE: New Hanover County declares State of Emergency

Photo from file: Feb. 13, 2010.

Update: Jan. 29th: NHCS will be closed again on Thursday, January 30, 2014, for students and staff. Icy road conditions and low temperatures persist throughout the county which make for hazardous travel conditions for our buses and vehicles. Make up days will be announced at a later date. Stay safe and warm!

01/28/2014 03:15 PM EST

(New Hanover County, N.C.) – New Hanover County has declared a State of Emergency effective noon today, Jan. 28.

According to the National Weather Services, snow and sleet accumulations are imminent. Accretion of freezing rain will be significant, especially along the coastal counties and areas a little farther inland.

Citizens are encouraged to stay off the roads during this storm as very dangerous travel conditions will worsen later today. Slips and falls are also likely. Use extreme caution, especially on steps and concrete or paved areas.

Emergency management officials continue to monitor the situation in coordination with local partners.

Emergency officials continue to monitor rare winter storm

NEW HANOVER CTY - 01/28/2014 10:36 AM EST - After briefings with the National Weather Service, residents of coastal and inland New Hanover County should be prepared for harsh winter conditions.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Weather conditions will deteriorate during the day on Tuesday with significant winter weather impacts this afternoon into the overnight.

New Hanover County's Emergency Operations Center is partially activated as officials continue to monitor this winter storm in coordination with local and state partners. There are no plans to open emergency shelters in New Hanover County at this time.

Emergency news and information is being posted online at http://emergency.nhcgov.com.

The following impacts have been provided by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Timing: Precipitation will expand across the area this morning. A mix of freezing rain and sleet will become dominant later this morning while primarily snow develops well inland around the same time. Precipitation will end as all snow all areas Wednesday morning, ending the latest at the coast.

Snow/Sleet:  Snow and sleet accumulations are likely, especially across the inland areas. Accumulations are likely along the coast as well as the changeover occurs toward the latter part of the event. Any heavy snow will likely result in downed limbs causing power outages. The snow and sleet, especially where it falls on top of freezing rain will create very dangerous road conditions.

Freezing Rain: The accretion of freezing rain will be significant, especially along the coastal counties creating dangerous driving conditions. In addition, widespread power outages are likely as limbs snap from the weight of the ice and fall onto power lines.

Winds: Blustery northerly winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Wind chills around 10 F by late tonight.

Power:  Widespread power outages are likely especially in communities tied into above ground power lines. Outages will occur where the heaviest snow and freezing rain accumulations occur. Need to prepare for possible long term outages in the hardest hit areas.

Roads/Travel: Very dangerous travel conditions are imminent as freezing rain and snow accumulate. Expect worsening conditions throughout the day and continuing into Wednesday. Elevated road surfaces, bridges, and overpasses will be impacted first. Most roads will be impacted during the event, and the hazards will persist through Wednesday since the temperatures will remain cold.

Aviation: Conditions at the nearby terminals will deteriorate through the morning with glazing on aircraft and runways. De-icing will be an issue. The worst ice accumulations will be from this afternoon into the evening. The inland terminals (KFLO, KLBT) will be affected by snow and sleet more-so than freezing rain. IFR conditions will improve to VFR by Wednesday evening.

Cold temperatures: Low temperatures around 20 F or lower are possible Wednesday morning and again Thursday morning, especially where the accumulations of sleet and snow are greatest. If there is no power in these locations then pipe bursts will be a problem. We are not expected to go back above freezing until around noon on Thursday.

ReadyNC App:  Preparedness information can be found online at ReadyNC.org, or by downloading the ReadyNC mobile application. The ReadyNC app is free and available now in the Apple AppStore and Google Play for Android devices.

New Hanover County Schools are closed Tuesday, Wednesday January 28th and 29th due to the winter weather conditions.