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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, April 24, 2019





Outlook

Warm and dry high pressure will remain over the southeast today. A cold front will bring rain and possibly thunderstorms to the region late Thursday into Friday. Active weather may return Sunday with another frontal passage.



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 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 80. Calm winds rising to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 70s. Calm winds rising to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 55. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

Showers likely before noon, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 70s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low in the mid-50s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 55. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2pm, then a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high in the lower 70s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around the mid-40s.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 2pm, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the lower 60s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the mid-40s.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near the mid-70s. Calm winds shifting to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the west 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Calm winds rising to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after midnight. Cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then a chance of showers. High near 65. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45.


Macon County Almanac for April 24, 2019

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1965
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Highlands in 2005
Greatest Rainfall 4.09 inches in Highlands in 2018
Greatest Snowfall No snowfall has been recorded on this date since record-keeping began


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of April
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 04-26-1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on 04-01-1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on 04-07-1895
Greatest Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on 04-04-1987






Published at 3:35am on April 24, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

U.S. Forest Service proposes recreation fee changes on the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests





PRESS RELEASE

National Forests in North Carolina
160A Zillicoa St.
Asheville, N.C. 28801 


Asheville, NC - April 22, 2019 - The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to change recreation fees at four areas on the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests and has opened an official public comment period from April 22 to May 31, 2019.

"Public lands benefit every American, and recreation fee revenue helps protect natural resources and enhance recreation opportunities on national forests" said Mike Wilkins, District Ranger on the Nantahala Ranger District.

The goal of the proposed changes is to establish a consistent fee approach for the National Forests in North Carolina and to improve visitor experiences through site upgrades paid for by the collected fees. 

"These fees will enhance our important multi-use trail systems and protect our historic cabin rental," said Andy Gaston, District Ranger on the Cheoah and Tusquitee Ranger Districts.

Current prices at many forest sites have remained static for over a decade and have not kept pace with other recreation sites with similar services and amenities. In addition, many sites have received various improvements and upgrades.

"We're looking forward to improving our OHV trails. Markets have changed and more OHV riders are showing up to Brown Mountain with side-by-sides. Many of our trails were designed to accommodate four wheelers. We're widening those trails for the new, wider side-by-sides that we are seeing more of," said Nicholas Larson, District Ranger on the Grandfather Ranger District.

These fee changes are only proposed. After public comments are received, the Forest will assess the comments and concerns and then present the fee proposals to the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC).

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 allows the Forest Service to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected to operate, maintain, and improve the recreation sites.

The proposed fee changes are:

Cabins
Swan Cabin - increase from $25 per night to $50 per night

Specialized Mountain Bike and Equestrian Trails
Tsali Mountain Bike and Equestrian Trail Complex - increase from $2 to $5 per rider per day, and $15 to $30 annual pass**

**Tsali trail fees apply only to mountain bikers and equestrians.

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails
Brown Mountain OHV Trail Complex - increase from $5 to $15 per vehicle per day, and $30 to $60 annual pass*

Wayehutta OHV Trail Complex - increase from $5 to $15 per vehicle per day, and $30 to $60 annual pass*

* As proposed, these fees will be phased-in over a two year period.

For more information visit our webpage  hhttps://fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/recfeeproposal

To provide comments about this fee proposal for the RRAC to consider, contact Logan Free at 828-257-4256, by email at NFsNCfeeproposals@fs.fed.us
or by mail at:

ATTN: Recreation Fee Proposals
160A Zillicoa Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) or Twitter (twitter.com/NFsNCarolina) for more news and features.

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Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 23, 2019






Outlook

Warm and dry high pressure will be in control of our weather until Thursday. Low pressure approaches from the west on Thursday and may linger into the weekend. Rain chances will increase late Thursday and until noon or so on Friday.



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 expected today.





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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

Toay

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds rising to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low in thed low to mid-50s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind rising to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 50s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 55.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds rising out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 70s.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low in the mid-50s.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 70. Light winds out of the northwest shifting to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Winds out of the northwest around 8 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 60s.

Thursday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 70. Light winds out of the west increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Winds out of the west around 7 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high in the lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the west 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with a low in the lower 70s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Macon County Almanac for April 23, 2019

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1988
Lowest Temperature 19°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.60 inches in Highlands in 1883
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1901


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of April
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 04-26-1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on 04-01-1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on 04-07-1895
Greatest Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on 04-04-1987






Published at 2:15am on April 23, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

A Primer on Roundabouts

Construction of a roundabout at Womack Street and the Georgia Road. (April 2019)
Photo by Bobby Coggins for Macon Media. © 2019 All Rights Reserved

Since the construction of four new roundabouts in the Franklin area over the next year or two will bring the total number of local roundabouts to six, here is another reminder of how to proceed through these type of intersections and some of the benefits as touted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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NCDOT Roundabouts

Here is a video released today by the NCDOT detailing how to use them and the safety benefits.



The following is from a brochure published by the NCDOT detailing results of a roundabout study.

Roundabout Evaluation

NCDOT completed a safety study of 30 intersections in North Carolina where a roundabout was installed. Many of the study locations were installed for operational or traffic calming purposes, although a handful were installed specifically for safety reasons. 


Background

The study includes a diverse group of intersections where a roundabout was installed in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Intersections with a range of volumes and approach speeds are included. The study is comprised of locations converted from two‐way stop sign control to a roundabout, or from signalization to a roundabout. The roundabout size varies at the study locations, from an inscribed circle diameter of approximately 50 feet to over 130 feet. The study focuses on single lane roundabouts; only one site uses a multi‐lane configuration.

The purpose of the evaluation is to measure changes in total intersection crashes; fatal and injury crashes; and frontal impact crashes after intersections were converted to roundabouts.

Results

The overall results from all study locations indicate a:

 •46% Reduction in Total Crashes,
 •75% Reduction in Fatal and Injury Crashes, and
 •76% Reduction in Frontal Impact Crashes.

Other key points of the study:

 •There appears to be an even greater reduction in Total Crashes at the higher speed (45-55 mph) treatment sites.
 •The reductions in Total Crashes were similar regardless of whether the intersection has three legs or four legs.
 •The reductions in Total Crashes were similar regardless of whether the before control was a two‐way stop or a traffic signal.


The NCDOT also made a presentation about roundabouts at a Mayors Meeting of the Southwestern Commission at the town hall in Franklin in December of 2016. [LINK]



How not use a roundabout




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Published at 12:20pm on Monday, April 22, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, April 22, 2019






Outlook

The upper-level low pressure that brought our region the cool weather over the weekend will move off the East Coast today. Expect warmer high pressure to bring above normal temperatures through mid-week. Low pressure will arrive Thursday night and Friday increasing the chances of rain.

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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 expected today.





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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 80. Calm winds.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the upper 40s Calm winds.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds rising to come out of the southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 80. Light winds out of the north.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 50. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds rising to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low near the mid-50s.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the north around 6 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 50. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 70. Light and variable winds rising to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low ib the lower 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 70. Calm winds in the morning rising to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 50. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 75. Calm winds rising to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the lower 50s.



Macon County Almanac for April 22, 2019

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1963
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Highlands in 1901
Greatest Rainfall 2.13 inches in Highlands in 1931
Greatest Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1901


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of April
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 04-26-1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on 04-01-1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on 04-07-1895
Greatest Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on 04-04-1987






Published at 1:11am on April 22, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing fr Sunday, April 21, 2019





Happy Easter!

For those that celebrate Resurrection Sunday, an appropriate reading is on the blog at [LINK]. For those who don't have a home church or cannot attend church, there is also a link and player to where you can watch a church service.

Outlook

An upper-level low-pressure center located near West Virginia will move slowly east through Monday. Expect a warming trend as the upper low moves away from our area. Warm and dry high pressure will be in control of our weather for most of the week. Rain chances increase by the end of the week as a cold front moves into our area.



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 expected for most of Macon County today. Higher elevations may see some snow showers during our Easter Cold Snap.

Cold air has moved in from the west last night tonight. The cold air will change rain showers to snow showers across the highest elevations of the North Carolina mountains through the early morning. Some light snow accumulations are possible, generally above 3500 feet. A few inches of total snowfall will be possible above 5000 feet.





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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

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 41. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Calm wind.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 81.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 64. North northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 42. North northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 49. Calm wind.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 80.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 56. North northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 43. North northwest wind around 9 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind around 6 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 50. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming west northwest after midnight.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 70.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 56. North northwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 42. North northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high near 69. West northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 49. Light west wind.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 71.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

















Macon County Almanac for April 21, 2019

Highest Temperature 87°F in Franklin in 1963
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Franklin in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 2.00 inches in Highlands in 1884
Greatest Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands in 1901


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of April
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 04-26-1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on 04-01-1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on 04-07-1895
Greatest Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on 04-04-1987






Published at 3:30am on April 21, 2019

He Is Risen!



Matthew Chapter 28

He Is Risen

1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

The Women Worship the Risen Lord

9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

The Soldiers Are Bribed

11 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.


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Watch at Noon Eastern Time on Sunday, April 21st, as Pastor John Hagee preaches a sermon on "The Case For The Resurrection" and Pastor Matt Hagee preaches a sermon, "That Rips It," at Facebook.com/JohnHageeMinistries.

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Published at 12:01am on Sunday, April 21, 2019


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 20, 2019






Outlook

A drying and warming trend will occur Sunday night and Monday as high pressure builds into the area.



THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
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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 expected for most of Macon County today.

Cold air will move in from the west through tonight. The cold air will change rain showers to snow showers across the highest elevations of the North Carolina mountains starting after midnight. Some light snow accumulations are possible, generally above 3500 feet. A few inches of total snowfall will be possible above 5000 feet through Saturday night.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
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FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to some out of the west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers, mainly before 2am, then a slight chance of rain after 3am. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 70s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 40s.



OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 7am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the south around 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of showers, mainly before midnight, then a slight chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Monday

Sunny, with a high in the upper 70s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all rain after 10am. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 40. Winds out of the southwest around 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

A chance of rain and snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog before 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 60. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all rain after 10am. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 40. Winds out of the southwest around 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

A chance of rain and snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog before 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low in the low-to-mid 30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 60. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny, with a high in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.



Macon County Almanac for April 20, 2019

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2002
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Franklin in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 3.09 inches in Highlands in 1893
Greatest Snowfall 1.5 inches in Highlands in 1901


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of April
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 04-26-1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on 04-01-1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on 04-07-1895
Greatest Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on 04-04-1987






Published at 3:10am on April 20, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, April 19, 2019






Outlook

An approaching strong cold front from the west will bring the return of showers and thunderstorms to the area with strong to severe storms possible today. Cooler temperatures arrive behind the front for the weekend, with lingering showers across the mountains on Saturday. Temperatures will rise above normal again next week.

"Steppin" Out on the Greenway" - The Friends of the Greenway are inviting you to participate in our family fun-walk fundraiser on Saturday, May 4.  Wristband-tickets are $5 each.  There will be a drawing at noon at Big Bear Park for 4 tickets to Dollywood.  Winning ticket number must match the wristband number.  Tickets are available at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main from 9-2 on Wed-Fri and at the FROG tent, the morning of the walk from 8:30-10.  Come out and enjoy the Greenway and maybe, go home the winner.


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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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

Gusty south winds and the threat for localized flash flooding is expected today. The potential for localized damaging winds associated with heavy rain showers and thunderstorms is expected to increase a bit during the daylight hours today.




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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
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FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before noon. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the south around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 70.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the low-to-mid 40s.




OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Areas of fog before 1pm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. 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.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 o 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Winds out of the west around 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 70.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45.



HIGHLANDS PLATEAU AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Areas of fog before 3pm, then patchy fog after 4pm. High near 60. Winds out of the south 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Rain showers likely before 5am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as
high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a high in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain showers, possibly mixing with snow after 1am, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 60.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45.



NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog is expected in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the south 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Rain showers likely before 5am, then rain and snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the southwest to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday

Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all rain after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 45. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain showers before 3am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Winds out of the west around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 60.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 45.



Macon County Almanac for April 19, 2019

Highest Temperature 88°F in Franklin in 1976
Lowest Temperature 17°F in Highlands in 1983
Greatest Rainfall 4.46 inches in Highlands in 1901
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1983


Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of April
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 04-26-1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on 04-01-1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on 04-07-1895
Greatest Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on 04-04-1987






Published at 12:01am on April 19, 2019