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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 17, 2019





Outlook

An unsettled weather pattern will set up across the region through most of next week. As rounds of widespread rainfall may occur across the area, the threat of flash flooding and flooding of rivers and streams will increase. Heavy rain will be possible tonight, then again Tuesday into Wednesday, and possibly into Thursday, especially across the southwest-facing slopes of the mountains.

THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today. Heavy rainfall is expected later today and tonight. As usual, when it rains, there will be runoff on area roadways and ponding that could lead to hydroplaning for vehicles that are exceeding safe speeds. Please slow down and arrive alive and uninjured.

This next week will be dominated by a wet weather pattern, so keep your umbrella with you and use your headlights so other motorists can see you on the roads.




WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain or drizzle likely before noon, then showers, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 10am, then patchy fog after 1pm. High near 50. Winds out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Areas of fog before 4am. Lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds increasing to around 5 mph out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Washington's Birthday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 10am. Highs in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers before 10pm, then rain after 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain or drizzle likely before noon, then showers, mainly after noon. Patchy fog after 8am. High near 50. Winds out of the southeast around 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 5am. The rain could be heavy at times. Areas of fog. Lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Light and variable winds shifting to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Washington's Birthday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 9am. High near 45. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers before 10pm, then rain after 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Rain or drizzle likely before noon, then showers, mainly after noon. Areas of fog. High near 50. Winds out of the southeast around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 5am. The rain could be heavy at times. Areas of fog. Low around 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Washington's Birthday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 9am. High near 40. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers before 10pm, then rain after 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain or drizzle likely before noon, then showers, mainly after noon. Patchy fog after 8am. High near 50. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 5am. The rain could be heavy at times. Areas of fog. Low around 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Washington's Birthday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 9am. High near 45. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday Night

Showers before 10pm, then rain after 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.



Macon County Almanac for February 17, 2019

Highest Temperature 74°F in Highlands in 1927
Lowest Temperature -9°F in Highlands in 1958
Greatest Rainfall 2.83 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1995
Greatest Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1896

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912




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Published at 3:16 am on February 17, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 16, 2016





Outlook

A moist cold front is expected to drift slowly across our area today. A series of low-pressure systems will track from southwest to northeast across the Southeast states, resulting in a persistent moist pattern through most of next week. Expect the heaviest rainfall from the middle to latter part of next week. Flooding may be possible during the week.

THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





WEATHER SPONSOR



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Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
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All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your with your next project.



Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today or tonight.

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
329 PM EST Fri Feb 15 2019


This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for northeast Georgia, piedmont North Carolina, western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.


An unsettled weather pattern will set up across the region through most of next week. As rounds of widespread rainfall may occur across the area, the threat of flash flooding and flooding of rivers and streams will increase. Heavy rain will be possible Tuesday and Wednesday, and possibly into Thursday, especially in the southwest-facing slopes of the mountains.


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain or drizzle, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light winds out of the southeast. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Rain or drizzle likely, mainly between 11am and 1pm, then showers likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Calm winds in the morning increasing and shifting to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Sunday NightShowers. Lows in the lower 40s. Calm winds in the evening increasing and shifting to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Washington's Birthday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Monday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain or drizzle, mainly after 3am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light and variable winds shifting to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Rain or drizzle likely before 1pm, then showers, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light and variable winds shifting to come out of the northwest around 6 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Washington's Birthday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near the upper 50s.

Monday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain or drizzle before 9pm, then a chance of rain or drizzle after 1am. Patchy fog before 1am, then patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Rain or drizzle likely before 1pm, then showers, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Highs near 50. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Washington's Birthday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Monday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain or drizzle, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds increasing and shifting to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph before midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Rain or drizzle likely before 1pm, then showers, mainly after 1pm. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph before midnight shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Washington's Birthday


A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.

Monday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.




Macon County Almanac for February 16, 2019

Highest Temperature 77°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1989
Lowest Temperature -4°F in Highlands in 1991
Greatest Rainfall 3.90 inches in Franklin in 1873
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1895

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912





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Published at 3:02 am on February 16, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, February 15, 2019





Outlook

A moist cold front is expected to move through the region on today and into Saturday, before another low-pressure system lifts over the area later on Saturday. A moist pattern is expected to dominate the local weather pattern early next week and persist through most of the work week.

THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.




WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your with your next project.


Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today or tonight.


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of rain between 9am and noon, then showers likely after noon. Cloudy, with a high in the upper 50s. Calm winds early then increasing to around 5 mph from the southwest. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Areas of fog between 9pm and 1am. Low in the upper 40s. Calm winds increasing out southwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm winds in the morning, then from the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 5am. Cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A chance of rain before noon, then showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Areas of fog between 10pm and 1am. Lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm winds increasing and coming out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low in the lower 40s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A chance of rain before 1pm, then showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Patchy fog after 5pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog before 1am. Low around 45. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Calm winds increasing and shifting to come out of the south 5 to 10 mph before midnight.

Sunday

Showers. High near 50. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 55. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog before 1am. Low around 45. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm winds increasing to 5 to 10 mph and coming out of the south before midnight.

Sunday

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



Macon County Almanac for February 15, 2019

Highest Temperature 76°F in Franklin in 1989
Lowest Temperature 0°F in Highlands in 1943
Greatest Rainfall 1.96 inches in Highlands in 1893
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1895

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996 
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899 
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966 
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912



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Published at 1:30 am on February 15, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, February 14, 2019





Outlook

Dry high pressure will slowly cross the forecast area today. A moist cold front is expected to move through the region late Friday into Saturday, before another wet area of low pressure is expected to arrive on Sunday.


Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 14th for Congressman Walter Jones

Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff in tribute to Representative Walter Jones. Rep. Jones served eastern North Carolina's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years. He will be funeralized Thursday, February 14, 2019. [LINK]


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your with your next project.



Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today or tonight.


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 60. Calm winds in the morning, the winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

A chance of rain, mainly between 10am and 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the upper 50s. Light and variable winds in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers. Low around 45. Light winds out of the west. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of rain, mainly between 9am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 60. Calm winds in the morning, then from the south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable before midnight.

Friday

A chance of rain, mainly between 9am and 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers, mainly before 5am. Low around 45. Calm winds shifting to come out of the west around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 8am, then a chance of rain, mainly between 8am and noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

A slight chance of rain before 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers, mainly before 5am. Low around 45. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 8am, then a chance of rain, mainly between 8am and 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 55. Light winds out of the southwest increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

A chance of rain before 11am, then a chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Winds out of the southwest 5to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers, mainly before 5am. Low around 45. Calm winds shifting to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday

A chance of showers before 8am, then a chance of rain, mainly between 8am and noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.



Macon County Almanac for February 14, 2019

Highest Temperature 79°F in Nantahala in 1976
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Highlands in 1899
Greatest Rainfall 2.73 inches in Highlands in 1950
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands in 1912

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Space Weather

This is a new segment that Macon Media will be testing for possible inclusion as an everyday or weekly addition to the Daily Weather Briefing.


IMAGE

The Earth is beginning to exit a stream of solar wind that has been buffeting our planet's magnetic field since Jan. 31st. The stream is a wide one, so the exit will be slow. Solar wind speeds are expected to remain near 500 km/s through Feb. 4th, boosting the chances of Arctic auroras.



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Published at 3:45 am on February 14, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, February 13, 2019



Accidents on US-64 East and West

Yesterday, there was an accident on US-64 East (Highlands Road, NC-28) in the big switchback just south of Buck Creek Road. A tractor-trailer flipped over into Cullasaja Creek. The driver was taken to Northeast Medical Center in Georgia with non-life threatening injuries. The road remained closed for several hours as a crane had to be called in the recover a load of railroad ties. Photo of the accident can be seen on the Cullasaja Gorge Fire Department Facebook page. [LINK

Macon Media live-blogged the response. [LINK]

Another accident occurred on US-64 West (Murphy Road) near Pines RV Park. A Macon County Detention Center Van hydroplaned and rolled over several times. Both the deputy and the person being transported were injured, with the passenger suffering life-threatening injuries. WLOS has a story on its website. [LINK

Trappalachia, a local crime/investigative blog, published a drive-by video of the accident scene. [LINK

Macon Media live-blogged the response. [LINK




Outlook

Dry high pressure will move east across the southeast through Thursday. Another front is expected to move through the region late Friday into early Saturday. Yet another low pressure and front is expected to arrive on Sunday.


Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 14th for Congressman Walter Jones

Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff in tribute to Representative Walter Jones. Rep. Jones served eastern North Carolina's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years. He will be funeralized Thursday, February 14, 2019. [LINK]

County Commissioners to Meet Tonight

The Macon County Board of Commissioners met last night at the courthouse. A copy of the public agenda and agenda packet are on the blog. The video will be added to the article sometime this morning. [LINK]


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.





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Weather Hazards

A wind advisory is in effect for locations above 3500 feet until 6pm this evening.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]





FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm winds in the morning then winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly between noon and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the upper 50s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm winds in the morning then winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near the upper 50s

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 40. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

Friday Night

Showers, mainly after 11pm. Low in the lower 40s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near the upper 50s. Light winds out of the southwest increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southwest around 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 9pm. Cloudy, with a low near the low-to-mid 40s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.



Macon County Almanac for February 13, 2019

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1949
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands in 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1966
Greatest Snowfall 9.0 inches in Highlands in 2014

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912




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Published at 4:07 am on February 13, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 12, 2019






Outlook

A cool and wet pattern will persist for the first half of the work week before a cold front crosses the area late Tuesday. Behind the front, dry high pressure will spread over the region and linger through Thursday. Another front is expected to move through the forecast area late Friday into early Saturday.


Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 14th for Congressman Walter Jones

Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff in tribute to Representative Walter Jones. Rep. Jones served eastern North Carolina's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years. He will be funeralized Thursday, February 14, 2019. [LINK]

County Commissioners to Meet Tonight

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting tonight at the courthouse. A copy of the public agenda and agenda packet are on the blog. [LINK]


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
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Weather Hazards

Rain is expected to dominate the local weather pattern for the first half of the week, with a couple of inches expected to fall in Macon County Monday through Wednesday. The most rain is expected to fall on the Highlands Plateau and minor flooding could develop where local drainage is poor. Please be careful on area roadways where water tends to pond and/or run across the road due to poor drainage due to the danger of hydroplaning if you drive too fast for conditions. It would be better to arrive late than to not arrive at all or get in an accident.


NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC


Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to continue through Tuesday afternoon, possibly leading to isolated flooding. Gusty southwest winds focused across higher elevations may develop Tuesday morning and continue from northwest behind a cold front late Tuesday into Wednesday.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]





FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain before 1pm, then showers between 1pm and 4pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Areas of fog before 2pm. Highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain with patchy drizzle before 10am, then rain between 10am and 1pm, then showers after 1pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Areas of fog before 2pm. Highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph shifting out of the northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 53. Winds out of the northwest around 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Rain with patchy drizzle before 10am, then rain between 10am and noon, then showers after noon. The rain could be heavy at times. Areas of fog. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 20 mph shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain before 2pm, then showers between 2pm and 4pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm.
Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Areas of fog. Highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of rain after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.



Macon County Almanac for February 12, 2019

Highest Temperature 72°F in Franklin in 1961
Lowest Temperature 0°F in Highlands in 1989
Greatest Rainfall 4.90 inches in Highlands in 1900
Greatest Snowfall 11.0 inches in Highlands in 1895

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Space Weather

This is a new segment that Macon Media will be testing for possible inclusion as an everyday or weekly addition to the Daily Weather Briefing.


IMAGE

The Earth is beginning to exit a stream of solar wind that has been buffeting our planet's magnetic field since Jan. 31st. The stream is a wide one, so the exit will be slow. Solar wind speeds are expected to remain near 500 km/s through Feb. 4th, boosting the chances of Arctic auroras.



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Published at 3:30 am on February 12, 2019

February 2019 Regular Meeting of the Macon County Commissioners



The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting tonight for their regular monthly meeting. A gavel-to-gavel video of the meeting will be added to this article sometime tomorrow. The public agenda and agenda packet are below.

VIDEO



Roll Call
(media outlets with representatives present for the meeting)

Macon Media
WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM
The Franklin Press
Macon County News and Shopping Guide

Elected Critters
(in addition to those serving on the Board of Commissioners)

The Honorable William Coward (Chief Superior Court Judge
Robert Holland (Sheriff)


Public Agenda

MACON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
February 12, 2019
AGENDA

1. Call w order and welcome by Chairman Tate

2. Announcements

3. Moment of Silence

4. Pledge of Allegiance

5. Public Hearing(s) - NONE

6. Public Comment Period

7. Additions to agenda

8. Adjustments to and approval of the agenda

9. Reports/ Presentations
A. Michelle Brooks and Future Business Leaders of America to discuss Alzheimer's awareness community service project, and proclamation letter declaring February 22nd Alzheimer's Awareness Day in Franklin NC.

10.01d Business
A. Approval of Lease Agreement between Macon County and Southwestern Community College. Chester Jones, County Attorney
B. Authorize County Manager to execute contract amendment between Macon County and the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management. Derek Roland, County Manager

11.New Business
A. State funding for Community Paramedic Program. Warren Cabe, Emergency Management Director
B. Resolution Declaring Surplus Property and Approval of a Nine Month Lease to TECO SSL INC, A Tennessee Business Corporation. Tommy Jenkins, EDC Director/County Attorney
C. Approval of Lease to TECO SSL INC., A Tennessee Business Corporation. Tommy Jenkins, EDC Director/County Attorney
D. Request to add two child welfare positions during FY 18-19'. Patrick Betancourt, Director of Social Services
E. Approval of Solid Waste Interlocal Agreement with Clay County. Chris Stahl, Director of Solid Waste
F. Discussion of Planning Board priorities for FY 19-20'. Commissioner Karl Gillespie, Liaison to Macon County Planning Board
G. Recreation discussion concerning the following items:
1. Room Rates for the Robert C. Carpenter Building
2. Potential Greenway connection under Town Bridge 3. Potential locations for Dog Park Seth Adams, Recreation Director

12.Consent Agenda - Attachment All items below are considered routine and will be enacted by one motion. No separate discussion will be held except on request of a member of the Board of Commissioners.
A. Minutes of the January 8, 2019 Regular Meeting
B. Budget Amendments #128-138
C. Tax Releases (None)
D. Tax Office Monthly Report
E. Authorization of Tax Office to collect any unpaid taxes for current fiscal year per NCGS 105-369
F. Macon County Board of Public Health proposed fee changes /additions

13.Appointments
A. Re-appointment of Gary Schmidt to Macon County Airport Authority.
B. TDC Appointments

14.Closed session (if necessary)

15. Adjourn/Recess





Agenda Packet





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Published at 3:23 am on February 12, 2019








Monday, February 11, 2019

Governor Orders the Lowering of United States and North Carolina Flags through sunset Thursday, February 14 in memory of Representative Walter Jones




Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered immediately to half-staff in tribute to Representative Walter Jones. Rep. Jones served eastern North Carolina's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years. He will be funeralized Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Governor Cooper released the following statement on Sunday.

"I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr. He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed."


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Published at 12:20 pm on February 11, 2019




Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, February 11, 2019






Outlook

A cool and wet pattern will linger for the first half of the work week before a cold front crosses the area late Tuesday. Another front is expected to move from west to east across our area Friday night.

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US House Representative Walter Jones Has Died

In July 2018, Jones began to miss votes due to illness; in December 2018, the House granted him a leave of absence for the remainder of the session by unanimous consent. As he was temporarily unable to travel, he was sworn in as a member of the 116th Congress from his home in Farmville. In January 2019, he broke his hip. On January 26, 2019, his wife said that he had been admitted to hospice care.

Jones died on February 10, 2019, in Greenville, North Carolina, on his 76th birthday.

Governor Cooper will be ordering flags flown at half-staff. An update will be posted as soon as that happens.

Segments from Commissioner Budget Work Session



This is one of eight segments from the budget work session held by the Macon County Board of Commissioners last Thursday. It includes the Welcome by Chairman Jimmy Tate and a Finance Report by Lori Hall, the Finance Director. Additional segments will be published today and tomorrow as they are uploaded. The full video will be published later today at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2019/02/mcboc20190207.html


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
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Weather Hazards

Rain is expected to dominate the local weather pattern for the first half of the week, with a couple of inches expected to fall in Macon County Monday through Wednesday. The most rain is expected to fall on the Highlands Plateau and minor flooding could develop where local drainage is poor. Please be careful on area roadways where water tends to pond and/or run across the road due to poor drainage.


NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
644 PM EST Sun Feb 10 2019

Moderate to briefly heavy rainfall is expected tonight and Tuesday. Isolated flooding may develop.


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of sleet before 9am, then a slight chance of rain or freezing rain before 10am, then rain likely after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high in the lower 40s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 40. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday

A chance of rain before 1pm, then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 55. Calm winds in the morning, then rising to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Showers likely before 8pm, then rain, mainly after 8pm. Lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday

Rain before 8am, then showers, mainly between 8am and 3pm. High near 60. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain or drizzle likely before 1pm, then a chance of rain after 2pm. Areas of fog before 1pm, then patchy fog after 3pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 55. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain, mainly after 8pm. Patchy fog. Low around 45. Calm winds shifting to come out of the east around 5 mph before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 4pm, then showers likely. High near 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the northwest around 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 55.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Rain or drizzle, mainly before 10am, then a chance of rain after 11am. Areas of fog before 1pm, then patchy fog after 2pm. High near 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain, mainly after 8pm. Patchy fog. Low around 45. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then showers likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 7am. High near 55. Winds out of the south wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday Night

A chance of rain showers, possibly mixing with snow after 11pm, then gradually ending. The rain could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 45.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain or drizzle likely before 11am, then a chance of rain between 11am and noon, then a chance of showers after noon. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain, mainly after 9pm. Patchy fog. Lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tuesday Night

A chance of rain showers, possibly mixing with snow after 11pm, then gradually ending. The rain could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 40s.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around freezing.



Macon County Almanac for February 11, 2019

Highest Temperature 71°F in Franklin in 1965
Lowest Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1936
Greatest Rainfall 3.90 inches in Highlands in 2018
Greatest Snowfall 7.0 inches in Highlands in 1985

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912





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Published at 3:26 am on February 11, 2019