LAURINBURG — A winter storm is expected to sweep across the state between today and Saturday, but the chance of snow and slush for Scotland County is less likely that in neighboring counties.
There were reports of a few flurries here Wednesday night, but the greatest chance of snow and ice for Scotland County will be today through Saturday as a low-pressure system passes by.
That storm is expected to begin moving through tonight, with rain, snow and a wintry mix forecast.
Early predictions also call for a 100 percent chance of rain on Friday with a high of 39, but snow could be in the mix as the storm approaches and forecasts are revised. There is a 40 percent chance of rain and snow on Saturday.
Dina Taylor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said Scotland could receive a tenth of an inch of snow and less than half an inch of ice over the next two days.
“If the storm would shift southward that may change, but we don’t believe that will happen,” Taylor said. “Impact wise, Scotland County will receive far less.”
She added that county residents still need to use caution when driving under winter storm conditions. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Scotland,Richmond, Anson, Moore and surrounding counties on Wednesday.
“Just because amounts aren’t all that high doesn’t mean they don’t need to be careful out and about,” said Taylor.
Maintenance crews in Randolph and Chatham counties began anti-icing operations, spreading brine along major routes like U.S. 64 on Tuesday. These operations continued on Wednesday, and in Lee County workers continued spreading brine along U.S. 1 from the Wake County line south.
Crews and equipment in Scotland, Moore, Hoke, Montgomery, and Richmond counties are also on standby and ready to go, according to the state Department of Transportation.
To check the status of road conditions, motorists are asked to go to the Department of Transportation’s website at http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/.
The public is not advised to dial 911 or the Highway Patrol Communication Centers for road conditions.
Scotland County Emergency Management Director Roylin Hammond said the county is following its normal inclement weather policy.
“We make sure all our available equipment is fueled and operational and we monitor the weather,” Hammond said. “We encourage the public to the same and always be prepared for a more severe situation than is predicted.”
Scotland County School administrators are also paying close attention to weather reports. During severe weather watches or warnings, they work with the National Weather Service and local authorities to monitor conditions. Arrival and dismissal times are based on known conditions and adjustments are made as needed.
Any automated phone calls or postings to the school system’s social media pages as well as notification to the local media will be made by 6 a.m.
Updates are issued through automated phone calls using Connect 5, as well local and regional media including radio stations: WLNC (1460 AM), WEWO (1300 AM), WZFX (99.1), WQSM (95.1 FM), WKML (95.7 FM). Television stations to watch, are channel 13 in Florence, channel 11 in Durham, channel 15 in Myrtle Beach, channel 5 in Raleigh and channel 6 in Wilmington.
Information will also be printed on The Laurinburg Exchange’s Facebook page. You can also visit the district’s website www.scotland.k12.nc.us as well as the district’s Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/ScotlandCountySchools as well as Twitter @scotlandschools.
Parents and guardians need to make sure their child’s emergency contact information is updated. That information includes home and work phone numbers for the calling system.
You can track the storm at www.weather.gov/rah.
Reach Maria Grandy at 910-276-2311