Some may be wondering where the snow and cold have been hibernating so far this winter, but Governor Pat McCrory says it's time to prepare for the colder weather ahead.

The Governor reminds N.C. residents that winter weather is returning this weekend. This time Mother Nature's colder temperatures will be here to stay, just in time to ring in the new year.

"Although weather has been warmer than usual for December, now is the time to prepare for colder weather and potentially dangerous conditions," McCrory said.

According to The Weather Channel Elon's weather will return to lower temperatures than what it has been seeing. Instead of mid-60 degree days, the highs will be in the low-to-mid 50s while overnight and morning temperatures will be below freezing. While the rain may hold off for awhile, that doesn't mean that wind won't be bustling, potentially thwarting power.

Here are some tips to help keep you safe when without power:

Food Safety

  • Frozen, partially-thawed food is still safe to cook or refreeze if it still contains ice crystals or has not risen above 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep refrigerated foods at or below 41 degrees Fahrenheit and frozen food at or below zero degrees.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
  • The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if it remains unopened.
  • A full freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half full) and the door remains closed.
  • Place appliance thermometers in refrigerator and freezer to keep an eye on temperatures.
  • Use coolers for products you think you may be cooking with to keep doors closer to main appliances.
  • When in doubt, throw it out!


Health Safety

In 2014-2015 North Carolina recorded its highest number of flu associated deaths in the past six years. Those with asthma, diabetes, and heart disease can especially be affected by the flu virus. And those younger than 5 years old and over 65 years old are also at a heightened risk.

Here are some general precautions:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Hand sanitizers with an alcohol-base are most effective in on-the-go situations.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of it properly once done using it.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to minimize germ transfer.
  • Try to avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • If you do become ill with the flu, stay home from work or school or other public areas until you are 24 hours fever free, to keep those unaffected safe.