Severe Weather Updates

Winter Weather UpdatesThis page provides the latest information on Town of Wake Forest operations during severe weather. Announcements about town services are also provided in Town news releases and E-Alerts, through the Town app, and on Facebook.

Please bookmark this page, then during severe weather events check it often for updates as schedules are subject to change.

Updates

Wake Forest prepared for possible wintry weather

Friday, Jan. 28 - 1:50 pm

PRCR Facilities to be closed Saturday & remain closed through weekend

Friday, Jan. 28 - 1 pm

Due to possible icy conditions this weekend, all Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources facilities, including Joyner Park Community Center, Flaherty Park Community Center, Alston-Massenburg Center, and Wake Forest Community House, will be closed Saturday and remain closed until Monday. As a result, Saturday's basketball games and practices have been canceled and will be rescheduled. All Saturday PRCR classes at all locations are also canceled.

Please note - all Friday basketball games and practices are still on as scheduled.

If winter weather strikes, stay off the roads

Friday, Jan. 28 - 11:30 am

In the event of winter weather, the Wake Forest Police Department is urging motorists to stay off the roads - unless absolutely necessary. When you venture out on the roads, you not only put yourself at risk, but you also put others in jeopardy. Then, if you are involved in an accident, police officers and first responders are at risk. You can help yourself, your neighbors, law enforcement and first responders by simply staying off the roads.

Officials are also extremely concerned about the potential for black ice through the weekend and are urging people to stay off roads for several days until ice on roads and bridges can thaw.

Wake Forest prepared for possible wintry weather

Friday, Jan. 28 - 11:30 am

With weather forecasters calling for the possibility of frozen precipitation later tonight, the Town of Wake Forest is fully prepared should wintry weather affect our community.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Wake County from 9 p.m. tonight through 9 a.m. Saturday. One-to-two inches of snow is expected

In anticipation of this winter event, the Town of Wake Forest is preparing for whatever comes our way. Crews are applying brine to Wake Forest bridges, overpasses and traditional slick spots, and officials will monitor road conditions throughout the day.

 

Important Reminders

Residents are reminded not to call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health, or property.

Similarly, residents should not report icy road conditions via SeeClickFix. All non-emergency calls, including reports of icy road conditions and immediate needs for service, should be placed to 919-554-6150.

Stay Informed 

In the event severe weather occurs, the Town issues regular updates through a variety of means. To stay informed residents are urged to:

 If Your Power Goes Out

  • To report power outages:

    • Wake Forest Power customers call 919-761-7899;

    • Wake Electric customers call 919-863-6499 or 800-743-3155;

    • Duke Energy Progress customers call 800-419-6356.

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food usually stays frozen about 48 hours. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.

  • Do not connect a generator directly to your home's electrical system. It is dangerous to you, your neighbors and utility workers. Follow manufacturer's directions regarding connecting appliances directly to your generator.

  • Restoring power after a storm can be challenging, as travel conditions are poor. Before power can be restored, crews first assess damage and determine which crews, equipment and supplies will be needed to make repairs. Because of this, customers may see damage assessors patrolling their neighborhoods before crews arrive to begin work.

  • Crews prioritize work to ensure the largest number of customers are restored as quickly as possible. Essential services, such as hospitals and emergency response facilities, are the first priority.

  • If you lose power, turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This helps with restoration efforts because it reduces the immediate demand on power lines when power is restored.

  • Once your power is restored, please wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.

Reporting Downed Trees

To report downed trees, visit our Report a Problem web page or call 919-435-9570.

If you encounter trees downed during storms on roads, sidewalks or other public areas, contact the Town rather than trying to handle them on your own. In addition to being heavy and difficult to manage, trees and limbs often come into contact with dangerous, live electrical wires which can cause serious injury or death.

Please do not call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health, or property.

Frozen Pipes 

During periods of extremely cold weather, the Town of Wake Forest and Raleigh Water (formerly City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department) often field calls from customers reporting broken water pipes. When pipes break between the water meter and the home or within the home, the customer is responsible for repairs. Since Raleigh Water operates and maintains Wake Forest's water system, it is responsible for repairing any damage to pipes between the water main under the street and the meter, or in the main itself, which rarely happens since water runs continuously in the mains. 

For more information, call Raleigh Water on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 919-996-4540. On nights and weekends, call 919-829-1930.  

Here are some tips to help keep pipes from freezing:

  • Have regular pipe maintenance done - at least once year.

  • Regularly change filters around the house.

  • Drip a faucet so pipes don't burst. (Drip only one faucet in the house. Choose one close to an exterior wall so pipes don't freeze)

  • Open cabinet doors where pipes are so they can feel the heat from the home.

  • Turn off the outdoor sprinkler system.

  • Detach the water hose from the outdoor faucet.

Severe Weather Updates
Communications & Public Affairs Director
919-435-9421
919-761-3719
Reporting Power Outages

Wake Forest Power
919-761-7899

Duke Energy Progress
800-419-6356

Wake Electric
919-863-6499 or 800-743-3155