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Winter Weather Preparedness Week for North Carolina – Winter climatology and becoming a winter weather observer

Last Updated on December 8, 2023 10:45 am

Winter Weather Preparedness Week for North Carolina December 3rd – 9th, 2023


To accurately understand what is happening across our area in real time, we have over 1500 weather spotters that have been trained to reports all types of weather to us, including rain and snowfall reports.  For more information on the program visit our local spotter page.  We can't stress how much these real time, ground truth, reports, help us at the office.

If you're looking for something to do on a more consistent basis, have you ever heard of CoCoRaHS?  Citizen scientists wishing to report snow and rainfall amounts are encouraged to join the community collaborative, rain, hail and snow network.  Daily reports are sent via the internet and used by the National Weather Service and other agencies daily.  For more information please visit:

The National Weather Service needs accurate snowfall measurements during winter storms.  Those accurate snowfall measurements help us to continually update the forecast and warnings during the event.  Are you willing to be a snow observer (regardless of spotter status) to help the NWS?  Below is graphic that shows you how to take an accurate snow measurement. Once you have your report, you can send it to your local NWS office in Blacksburg, VA by visiting or emailing your report to

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