Chester County is preparing for possible colder weather, high winds

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By Staff Reports

Chester County is not likely to see any snow from the predicted precipitation this weekend, but the temperatures will still be colder than they have been, and winds will be high, according to officials.

According to a release from Duke Energy, a warm and dry high pressure system remains over the Carolinas as of Thursday. A cold front will be moving in from the northwest on Friday, but will bring little, if any rainfall. In the trailing edge of the front, gusty winds will be expected across the region with the mountains and foothills seeing winds up to 50 mph while the Piedmont will get gusts up to 35 mph. Isolated power outages are possible.

According to the release, Saturday will be dry but much cooler. A storm system from the west will make an appearance on Saturday night into Sunday morning, brining a threat of snow to the higher elevations and northern N.C. And a wintry mix is possible across central and southern S.C. Rain elsewhere.

Snow accumulations will be light and power outages are not expected from this event, according to the release.

In Chester County, Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Ed Darby said in a statement, “Looks like this weekend Mother Nature is going to remind us that it’s not spring yet!  There is a forecast of snow in the North Carolina mountains and some areas of the Piedmont (but not in Chester).

“We may miss the snow but we need to be prepared for the cold weather, rain and high winds that will be in our area. Be prepared for power outages that high winds can bring.

“Once again, check your emergency supplies. Have plenty of blankets on hand; water, working flashlights and canned food also.

“Use only trusted emergency heating sources and NEVER use charcoal to heat inside, it will kill you! Make sure kerosene containers are clearly marked and not mistakenly used for any other type fuel. Mixed fuel can lead to an explosion. “Numerous fires each year are contributed to using mislabeled or mixed fuel. Cold temperature, heavy rain and high winds can also cause road conditions to be hazardous. Limit travel during these conditions if at all possible. Spring is right around the corner. Be prepared and be safe,” Darby said.