Welcome to Elkin, the Best Little Town in NC
The Elkin area offers some of the best places to bike, hike and drive to see the color display. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, considered the nation’s most scenic byway, draws thousands of visitors to our region throughout the year. The Yadkin River Blue Trail which borders our historic downtown, offers kayaking adventures for all ages. Elkin is also centrally located in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region (AVA) and provides numerous wine, hiking, cycling and mountain bike trails to explore, even within town limits. Live music fills the air every weekend in Elkin, so come for the fun, and you just might decide to stay for a lifetime.
DUKE ENERGY SNOW ALERT (1-14-22):
With snow, sleet and freezing rain expected in the Carolinas this weekend, Duke Energy is ready to respond to possible power outages. As Duke Energy's team of meteorologists continues to monitor the storm's development, our crews are making preparations to safely handle weather-related service interruptions. See the forecast below.
Duke Energy is bringing in nearly 600 teammates from the company’s other service areas, including the Midwest and Florida, to assist with power restoration across the Carolinas. The company has also secured approximately 1,000 workers from other utilities who are scheduled to arrive in the Carolinas by Saturday to help restore power quickly and safely to impacted customers.
We issued a company news release this morning that we welcome you sharing with the community through your channels: https://news.duke-energy.com/releases/duke-energy-ready-for-carolinas-winter-storm-urges-customers-to-act-now
Communications to customers
This morning, we sent an email to residential and business customers encouraging them to be prepared for the storm and its impacts. In addition, we also did outbound calls and texts to medical alert and critical healthcare customers yesterday asking them to please consider now the actions they’d take if they were to lose power for an extended period.
Reporting power outages
Customers who experience power outages should call Duke Energy's automated outage-reporting systems for their respective utility:
- Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
- Duke Energy Progress: 1-800-419-6356
Customers may also report an outage or view current outages online at www.duke-energy.com/outages or text OUT to 57801
Duke Energy will also provide updates on its social media channels to keep customers informed if significant outages occur:
A major winter storm will arrive from the west Saturday night through Sunday bringing accumulating snow, sleet and freezing rain to the region. Heavy snow is expected across the mountains and foothills. Across the Piedmont, a period of snow will be followed by significant icing (sleet and/or freezing rain) then possibly a change back to snow as the event winds down. Locations east of I-95 will have a brief period of wintry mix followed by a changeover to rain.
Weak pressure builds across the region through Saturday. Skies will be sunny today but then considerable cloudiness returns on Saturday with much colder afternoon temperatures.
A storm system will develop over the Plains on Friday and rapidly strengthen over the Lower Mississippi Valley on Saturday, then cross the Southeast on Sunday as a major winter storm. While the models are in fairly good agreement overall, there are some minor differences that result in significant differences in the overall impact. The first difference is the timing of precipitation onset. The American model brings precipitation into southwestern NC and Upstate SC late Saturday evening whereas the European model is about 3h slower with precipitation not arriving in these areas until after midnight. There appears to be more model guidance favoring the slower timing, so will lean in that direction. Also, the European model has a slightly farther south/southeast track over the low pressure center, which is also better aligned with other model guidance. The track will determine where the snow/mix line sets up and which locations in the “wintry mix” zone get sleet vs. freezing rain.
Locations northwest of I-85 are expected to receive significant snowfall with this event. The mountains can expect 12”+ of snow accumulation while the foothills can expect 6-12” of snow accumulation, with significant snow accumulations also possible across far northwestern portions of Upstate SC as well as western portions of the Triad area. In the vicinity of the I-85 corridor and eastward toward the I-95 corridor, there will likely be a period of snow followed by a prolonged period of significant icing. What remains unknown at this time is whether this will be sleet (i.e., ice pellets) or freezing rain (i.e., raindrops freezing on contact). The potential exists for widespread 0.25-0.50” ice accumulation across the Piedmont, especially near and southeast of the Charlotte Metro Area. If much of this precipitation falls as freezing rain, then major power outages will occur as the freezing rain will accumulate on trees and power lines. However, if much of this precipitation falls as sleet, the impacts will be much lower with the main concern being hazardous roadways. Locations near and east of I-95 will have a period of wintry mix followed by a changeover to rain with minimal impacts. The precipitation will wind down on Sunday evening.
Temperatures will be very cold on Sunday. For Carolinas-West, the current forecast calls for readings to be nearly steady in the middle 20 during the morning then the upper 20s during the afternoon and overnight. For Carolinas-East, temperatures will be in the upper 20s in the morning and lower 30s in the afternoon, then warming to the lower 40s in the evening before dropping back into the 30s overnight.
For those wondering about the difference between sleet (left) and freezing rain(right), with sleet, the droplets freeze while falling. With freezing rain, the droplets remain a liquid until they make contact with a surface that has a sub-freezing temperature and freeze upon contact.
The Town of Elkin Utility Donation Fund is a voluntary assistance program funded by donations from Elkin utility customers and other individuals and organizations. The Town Staff and the Elkin Water Committee, will work together to provide emergency assistance for low-income families and people in crisis. Only Town of Elkin residential utility customers who meet the Utility Donation Fund Ordinance requirements will receive assistance with their bills. This assistance program is not available to customers of the Rhonda/ Jonesville Water/Sewer District.
Please click on the link provided if you'd like to learn how to contribute to the fund, or sign up for assistance!
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FORM for UTILITY ASSISTANCE