Weather closings and delays


I always had lots questions about the weather. Why is it snowing? How do hurricanes form? But it was the tornado that rumbled through my childhood Raleigh home that really peaked my interest. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Atmospheric Science.

A few years later, I received the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. With my degree, I landed my first job at a Fox station in Macon, GA. Tropical storms, flooding rains, tornadoes and drought were some of the weather features that provided a challenge.

Spending four years in Macon can make a North Carolina native home sick. That’s why I am glad to be back in North Carolina, working for Fox 8. Away from work, I like to chase severe thunderstorms, track hurricanes, and hope that one-day NC State gets a good basketball team and cheer loudly for the NC State football team.

Recent Articles
  • Postal service in Greensboro resumes operations after historic snowstorm

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Our historic snowstorm made driving nearly impossible. That impacted the United States Postal Service. Greensboro Post Master Ronnie White explained how a blanket of snow put the brakes on a very busy holiday shipping season. “A lot of our major mailers like Amazon, UPS and FedEx, they curtailed operations so we didn’t have that volume to run on Monday,” White said. A lot of postal trucks you normally see in neighborhoods were parked on Monday. Deep snow […]

  • Winter Storm Warning for Piedmont Triad ahead of potentially historic December snowfall

    A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for nearly every county in the FOX8 viewing area. The warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Sunday until 7 p.m. Monday. FOX8 MAX Weather Meteorologist Charles Ewing said the coming winter storm could bring historic snowfall totals for the month of December. Most of Saturday will be cloudy. There is a chance we could see some light rain perhaps mixing with a little snow across the southern Piedmont. But this shouldn’t be […]

  • Level Cross Elementary special needs class selling Christmas cards for fundraiser

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A Randolph County elementary class lost a Christmas card contest. But in the long run, they are the winners. Depending on the day, Suzanne Santomieri can have 10 to 13 students in her Level Cross Elementary classroom. By number, that’s a small class. But Santomieri’s challenge is huge. “Some are non verbal. Some have limited verbal abilities, but they are a great group and a lot of fun,” Santomieri said. The kids have a great time […]

  • Large trees removed over safety concerns in Burlington neighborhood

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — In a way, Todd Henderson with Southern Tree Service, is watching a delicate surgery. Henderson looks on as a co-worker in a bucket rises 60 feet into the Alamance County sky to cut down a huge branch that still towers above him. “They are so big,” Henderson said. “You got to be careful because they are so tall.” A crane operator in a nearby truck brings the large branch to the ground by guiding it between a […]

  • Scattered showers and thunderstorms possible with threat of damaging wind gusts

    The first week of December will feature spring and winter like temperatures. Sunday will be a cloudy day with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible. It will not rain all day Sunday, but we can’t take rain out of the forecast until our cold front passes on Sunday evening. Until the front passes by, there will be a small chance for an isolated strong or severe thunderstorm. The main threat will be damaging wind gusts. Aside from the rain threat, Sunday […]

  • 2018 Atlantic Basin hurricane season ends Friday

    An active and destructive 2018 Atlantic Basin hurricane season ends on Friday. With no new tropical cyclones expected during the next five days, the current season will end with 15 named storms. Out of the 15, eight were hurricanes. For the Piedmont, our major systems were Florence and Michael. Hurricane Florence came ashore near Wrightsville Beach on Sept. 14 with sustained winds of 90 mph. After landfall, most hurricanes pick up speed and move away. Hurricane Florence did the opposite. […]

  • Alamance Parks Department cleans up flooded Saxapahaw Island Park – again

    SAXAPAHAW, N.C. — Our recent stretch of dry weather is allowing the Alamance Parks Department to clean up a natural space that’s been hit hard by flooding. “We find a lot of driftwood and a lot of trash,” said Guil Johnson, with the Alamance Parks Department. Along with picking up wood and trash that floated down river, crews from the Alamance Parks Department are removing broken tree limbs and reshaping sandy hiking trails at Saxapahaw Island Park. Just like the name […]

  • Artists donate items for online auction benefiting Dan River Basin Association

    EDEN, N.C. — The Dan River Basin Association has a huge job. Their mission involves environmental education, recreational activities and protecting the 3,300-square-mile Dan River Basin. “We do hundreds of miles of clean up on the rivers and trails,” Dan River Basin Association Executive Director Tiffany Haworth said. “We build river access and build trails so people can get outdoors.” But that mission takes money. So artists from North Carolina and Virginia are donating items like paintings, jewelry and crafts […]

  • UNCG police K-9 back to work after lung surgery

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For a cold, cloudy, dreary afternoon, there was plenty of excitement at the UNC Greensboro Police Department. “She is coming back strong. She is a pistol,” UNCG Master Police Officer Aaron Austin said. Austin is working his K-9 partner, Tinkerbell, through her drills. Tinkerbell, or Tink, responded to all of Austin’s commands. As a reward, Austin gave Tinkerbell her favorite chew toy. It’s an exciting time at UNCG because about six weeks ago, no one was sure […]

  • High Point plans to improve pedestrian safety at intersections

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — With a contractor and additional funds lined up, the City of High Point will soon begin making pedestrian improvements at the intersection of North Main Street and Hillcrest Place. Mark McDonald, transportation director for the City of High Point, explained how the safety plan started. “It was initially requested when Brown Truck Brewery opened on North Main Street. But there has been some increase in pedestrian activity in that area with some of the other businesses […]

  • Grab the umbrella! Rain, scattered showers coming this week

    Umbrellas and raincoats will be needed as we begin a new work week. Monday morning will be cloudy, but as we head into Monday afternoon, the rain will begin to fall. It will be chilly on Monday with highs only in the mid-to-upper-40s. By the time you leave work, the rain will begin to fall harder. And then during the overnight, the rain could be heavy at times. We could see one, perhaps two inches of rain Monday night into […]

  • Burlington neighbors heartbroken that historic trees must be removed because of safety concerns

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — Some of Burlington’s most attractive homes are in the West Davis Street/Fountain Place Historic District. Jeff Parsons is Burlington’s cemetery and grounds superintendent. To him, what really stands out about the community are the trees. “When folks want to show off Burlington, you come down to Davis and Fountain Place,” Parsons said. Massive oak trees line West Davis Street. Some say the trees were planted over 70 years ago to honor local World War II veterans. The […]