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Monday, January 21, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 21, 2019





Total Lunar Eclipse Visible in Macon County



A total lunar eclipse was visible in Macon County last night and early this morning. If you missed it, you can see replays of the event on the blog. [LINK]

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Outlook

A strong low-pressure system will move along the New England coast today as very cold high pressure builds across our area and the wind gradually diminishes late today and tonight. The very cold temperatures will last a couple of nights before milder weather returns in advance of the next low pressure and cold front which will arrive on Wednesday night and Thursday. Expecting very chilly weather next weekend.


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

Use caution through midmorning in locations where roads have frozen while wet due to the possibility of black ice. The NCDOT has been out treating the main roads, but the best practice is to treat all roads as untreated and drive with caution.

Isolated areas of black ice will persist through midmorning. Untreated roads will be slippery in some locations. Caution is advised for anyone planning to travel before noon.




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 highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 20. Light winds out of the southeast.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 40. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday Night

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the southeast around 6 mph.

Wednesday

Rain. Highs near the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers before 7pm, then rain, mainly after 7pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 40ac. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near the upper 30s. Winds out of the north 5 to 7 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 20. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 7 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 8 mph.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Winds out of the southeast around 6 mph.

Wednesday

Rain. Highs near the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers before 7pm, then rain, mainly after 7pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near freezing. Wind chill values will be below zero early in the morning, moderating by midmorning. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Tonight

Clear, with a low in the upper 20s and wind chill values in the teens. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near freezing and wind chill values in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the southeast around 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

A chance of freezing rain before 1am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain between 1am and 3am, then a chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30 and wind chill values near 20 at times. Winds out of the southeast around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday

Rain. Highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Showers before 7pm, then rain, mainly after 7pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows in the upper 30s. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 35. Wind chill values below zero early, then in the mid-to-upper 20s by midmorning. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph becoming calm by midmorning.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 20. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

Rain, mainly after 8am. High near 50. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Showers before 7pm, then rain, mainly after 7pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


Macon County Almanac for January 21, 2019

Highest Temperature 74°F in Franklin in 1890
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands in in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 3.41 inches in Nantahala in 1954
Greatest Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1983


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Published at 2:31 am on January 21, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Places to Watch the January 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse

**update** Here is a photo of the eclipse at greatest eclipse.





Image from the Penumbral Eclipse of February 2017

Here are the times of the major events of this year's total lunar eclipse:

Partial Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 9:36 pm
Partial Umbral Eclipse Begins: 10:36 pm (This is the first event that will be visible to most people)
Umbral Eclipse (Totality) Begins: 12:41 am
Greatest Eclipse: 12:12 am
Umbral (Totality) Ends: 12:43 am
Partial Umbral Eclipse Ens: 1:50 am (This is likely to be the last portion visible to most people)
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 2:48 am



For those who want to see the lunar eclipse, but do not wish to be outside in the cold weather, here are a couple of options for you:

Frasier Cain (Universe Today):




Global News:




PBS Newshour:




P&K Science:




For Spanish Speakers:







This is a PDF from the NASA Lunar Eclipse website with the particulars of the January 21-21, 2019 Lunar Eclipse. Times are in UTC, so subtract 5 hours to get Eastern Time.

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Published at 10:35 pm on January 20, 2019


Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 20, 2019






Outlook

A strong low-pressure system will move along the New England coast today as very cold high pressure builds across our area and the wind gradually diminishes late today and tonight. The very cold temperatures will last a couple of nights before milder weather returns in advance of the next low pressure and cold front which will arrive on Wednesday night and Thursday. Expecting very chilly weather next weekend.


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 from 6am this morning to 7 pm tonight above 3500 feet.

An extremely cold air mass will push into the area behind a cold front. With recent rainfall, any water on roadways will freeze as temperatures plunge below freezing. This flash freeze may result in the development of black ice. Caution is advised for anyone traveling this morning.


A copy of the Wind Advisory is posted below.

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1009 PM EST Sat Jan 19 2019

...VERY WINDY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS ON SUNDAY...

.While winds may briefly subside later this evening, a strong cold front will move across the region after midnight. Winds in the wake of the front will turn from the northwest and become very strong and gusty, even in the valleys. Damaging winds will be possible during the day Sunday, especially along and near the Blue Ridge escarpment.



...WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 7 PM EST SUNDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a new Wind Advisory above 3500 feet, which is in effect from 6 AM to 7 PM EST Sunday.

* LOCATIONS...Elevations above 3500 feet in the southern mountains of western North Carolina, including the Great Smoky mountains and vicinity.

* HAZARDS...Very windy conditions.

* TIMING...Winds will remain gusty from the south into the evening before briefly diminishing. Strong, gusty winds will return from the northwest early on Sunday morning.

* WINDS...Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.



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 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near freezing, but wind chill values will make it feel like it is in the upper teens and twenties at times. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight (windy and wind chill values near zero)

Mostly clear, with a low around 15 and wind chill values near zero. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with a high near 40. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 8am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 35. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight (windy with wind chill values near zero)

Mostly clear, with a low around 15 and wind chill values near zero at times. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Light winds out of the southeast.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 8am. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with temperatures starting out around 30 in the morning and dropping into the lower 20s by the end of the day. Wind chill values will drop into the single digits during the day and may drop below zero in the late afternoon. Winds out of the northwest 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.

Tonight (windy with dangerous wind chill values)

Mostly clear, with a low in the low to mid-teens. Wind chill values will drop below zero at times. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with a high near 35. Wind chill values near zero in the morning, then moderating by midmorning. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable by midmorning.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 20. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near the upper 30s.

Tuesday Night

A chance of rain, snow, and sleet before midnight, then a chance of sleet between midnight and 1am, then snow likely after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10am. Patchy fog before midmorning. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 25. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 10. Wind chill values below zero. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with a high near 35. Wind chill values will be near zero in the morning, moderating by midmorning as winds decrease. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 8 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.

Tuesday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Macon County Almanac for January 20, 2019

Highest Temperature 71°F in Highlands in 2017
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Franklin in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 3.50 inches in Highlands in 1883
Greatest Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1918


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Published at 2:05 am on January 20, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, January 19, 2019





Northern Hemisphere Cold Snap



Areas in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East are expected to undergo a cold snap Sunday Night into early Monday morning. The graphic posted above shows the extent of the cold temperatures. Our local impact will include gusty winds and dangerous wind chill values.



Outlook

A strong low pressure will cross Tennessee today and reach New Jersey early Sunday morning. The associated strong cold front moves from west to east across our area tonight. Strong northerly wind on Sunday will make temperatures feel much colder. The wind will gradually diminish Sunday night with a clearing sky. Another low-pressure system is expected to impact the region on Wednesday and Thursday.


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

Heavy rain and high winds are expected today. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Advisory for locations above 3500 feet from 7 am this morning until 10 pm tonight, a copy of which has been posted below.

A strong cold front is expected to push through the region early Sunday, possibly bringing a light accumulation of snow, sleet, and freezing rain to the mountains. Gusty northwest winds will bring rapidly falling temperatures. A flash freeze is possible, which could result in poor road conditions in some areas. The gusty winds will continue through at least Sunday night. A few downed trees and powerlines are possible. Low temperatures will be in the single digits and teens Monday morning. These temperatures, along with the brisk winds, could support wind chills as cold as 10 degrees below zero at high elevations. Anyone expecting to be outdoors Monday morning will need to take precautions to protect exposed skin from these bitterly cold conditions.



URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
250 AM EST Sat Jan 19 2019

...VERY WINDY CONDITIONS IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE SOUTHERN NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

.Southerly winds will strengthen through the day across the extreme southern Appalachians. Very windy conditions will persist at elevations above 3500 feet through the afternoon hours and into the early evening hours ahead of an approaching cold front. Heavier showers developing later today could enhance the wind gusts in a few locations.



...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO 10 PM EST THIS EVENING ABOVE 3500 FEET...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Wind Advisory above 3500 feet, which is in effect from 7 AM this morning to 10 PM EST this evening.

* LOCATIONS...Elevations above 3500 feet in the southern mountains of western North Carolina, including the Great Smoky mountains and vicinity.

* HAZARDS...Very windy conditions.

* TIMING...Winds will increase through the morning hours, maximize this afternoon into this evening, then briefly diminish behind a passing cold front early overnight. Strong, gusty winds may return from the northwest on Sunday and additional Wind Advisories could be needed.

* WINDS...South 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph at times.

* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, a few trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp.




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, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog after 8am. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Rain before 7pm, then showers, mainly between 7pm and 2am. Patchy fog before 11pm. Low around 30. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 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 a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday Night (dangerous wind chill values overnight)

Mostly clear, with a low in the upper teens and wind chill values near zero. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with a high near 40.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain, mainly after 10am. Patchy fog after 7am. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog before midnight. Low around 30. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 15 mph before midnight, then shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 35. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday Night (dangerous wind chill values overnight)

Mostly clear, with a low in the upper teens and wind chill values near zero. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 25.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Rain, mainly after 9am. Widespread fog, mainly between 7am and 10am. Highs near the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight (wind chill values near the single digits)

Rain showers before 5am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain. Areas of fog before 1am. Lows in the mid-to-upper 20s with wind chill values dropping into the single digits at times. Winds out of the south 10 to 20 mph before midnight shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Sunday (high winds and wintry precipitation)

A chance of snow showers and freezing rain before 7am, then a chance of snow showers between 7am and 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday Night (dangerously cold wind chill values)

Mostly clear, with a low around 15 and wind chill values below zero at times. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with a high near 35.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain, mainly after noon. Patchy fog after 8am. High near 50. Winds out of the south 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight (high winds, wind chill values in the single digits, and wintry precipitation)

Rain showers before 4am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain. Patchy fog between 11pm and midnight. Low around 25. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph before midnight shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Sunday (high winds, low wind chill values, and a wintry mix)

A chance of snow showers and sleet before 7am, then a chance of snow showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near the upper 20s and wind chill values in the single digits at times. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday Night (windy with dangerous wind chill values)

Mostly clear, with a low around 15 and wind chill values near zero. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Sunny, with a high near the mid-to-upper 30s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 25.


Macon County Almanac for January 19, 2019

Highest Temperature 70°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2017
Lowest Temperature -7°F in Highlands in 1994
Greatest Rainfall 2.80 inches in Franklin in 1876
Greatest Snowfall 3.6 inches in Highlands in 1998


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Published at 3:30 am on January 19, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, January 18, 2019





January 2019 Meeting of the Macon County Planning Board

The Macon County Planning Board met last night in the Environmental Resource Center. The main order of business was the election of officers and to choose a meeting schedule for 2019. [LINK]

Outlook

Low pressure over Oklahoma will track east then northeast and deepen as very cold air is ready to drop south out of Canada. The associated strong cold front arrives Saturday night. Sunday and Sunday night will be windy and turning very cold. Another wet cold front arrives in midweek as temperatures become milder.


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.

High winds are expected over the weekend and dangerously cold weather is expected next week.


NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

A strong cold front is expected to push through the region on Sunday with gusty northwest winds supporting rapidly falling temperatures. These conditions could produce a flash freeze and accumulating northwest flow snow showers are possible. The gusty winds will continue through at least Sunday night with downed trees and powerlines possible. This will likely be the coldest airmass of the season with low temperatures in the single digits and teens Sunday night into Monday morning. These temperatures, along with gusty winds, could support wind chills as cold as 10 degrees below zero at elevations above 3500 ft, especially near the Tennessee border.



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 20 percent chance of rain before 8am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm winds before midnight rising to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers. High near 55. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then showers likely. Low around 35. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday

A chance of rain showers, mixing with snow after 8am, then gradually ending. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 15.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm winds before midnight rising to come out of the southeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

A chance of rain before 10am, then showers, mainly after 10am. The rain could be heavy at times. Areas of fog before 7am. High near 55. Winds out of the southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then showers likely between 10pm and 1am, then a chance of rain after 1am. Low around 35. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph before midnight, then shifting through the west to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low in the mid-to-upper teens.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

A chance of rain before 8am, then showers, mainly after 8am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 50. Winds out of the south 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday Night

Showers, mainly before 1am, then a chance of rain after 1am. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 30. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph before midnight, the shifting through the west to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. A wintry mix is possible.

Sunday

A slight chance of sleet before 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near freezing. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 15. Winds are likely to drop wind chill values to below zero.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7am. Widespread fog, mainly before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Winds out of the west 3 to 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2am. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm winds after sunset rising to come out of the southeast around 5 to 10 mph in the evening.

Saturday

Rain before 1pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Highs near the lower 50s. Winds out of the south around 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday Night

Rain showers before 5am, then a chance of rain showers and sleet. Some thunder is also possible. Lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph shifting through the west to come out of the northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Wind chills will likely be in the 20s or lower.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 15 and wind chill values likely in the single digits.


Macon County Almanac for January 18, 2019

Highest Temperature 71°F in Franklin in 1974
Lowest Temperature 0°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1977
Greatest Rainfall 3.10 inches in Highlands in 1926
Greatest Snowfall 8.0 inches in Highlands in 1893


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Published at 4:00 am on January 18, 2019

January 2019 Meeting of the Macon County Planning Board



Meeting Summary
Macon County Planning Board
Regular January 2019 Meeting


The Macon County Planning Board met last night in the Environmental Resource Center. The main order of business was the election of officers. Joe Deal and Aaron Garrett were re-elected as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively. The board also chose to keep meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 5 pm in the Environmental Resource Center on Lakeside Drive.

There was no other business to conduct and no new task had been assigned to them by the county commissioners, so the board adjourned a little over eight minutes after it had been called to order.

The next meeting of the board will be a 5 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019, in the Environmental Resource Center located on Lakeside Drive.




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(media outlets with representatives present)

The Franklin Press
Macon Media (present after an absence of about a year)

There were no members of the public or elected critters present at this meeting.


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Published at 1:11 am on January 18, 2019


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 17, 2019







Outlook

Dry high pressure will continue seasonal weather today. A weak cold front will cross the area tonight...before a stronger and wetter system affects the region over the weekend. Very cold high pressure will build across the southeast early next week.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

High winds are expected over the weekend and dangerously cold weather is expected next week.


NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

A strong cold front is expected to push through the region on Sunday with strong and gusty northwest winds supporting rapidly falling temperatures with a flash freeze and accumulating northwest flow snow showers possible. The gusty winds will continue through at least Sunday night with downed trees and powerlines possible. This will likely be the coldest airmass of the season with low temperatures in the single digits and teens Sunday night into Monday morning. These temperatures along with gusty winds could support dangerously cold wind chills in the single digits to below zero.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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

Today

Rain, mainly after 3pm. Highs near 45. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog between 8pm and 2am. Lows around 40. Winds around 5 mph out of the west before midnight, then becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Winds around 5 mph out of the northwest becoming calm by midmorning.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Rain likely before 2pm, then showers, mainly after 2pm. Highs in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday Night

Rain before 9pm, then showers between 9pm and 4am, then rain likely after 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows near the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 100%.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog between 4pm and 5pm. Highs near 45. Calm winds ealy rising to come out of the southeast around 6 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog between 8pm and 2am. Lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the south around 6 mph shifting through the west, then coming out of the northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Rain likely before 2pm, then showers, mainly after 2pm. Highs near the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday Night

Rain before 10pm, then showers between 10pm and 4am, then rain likely after 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows around 40. Chance of precipitation is 100%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Rain likely, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog after 2pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. South southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog before 2am. Lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light and variable winds before midnight rising to come out of the south around 6 mph after midnight.

Saturday

Rain likely before 2pm, then showers, mainly after 2pm. Highs in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday Night

Rain before 10pm, then showers between 10pm and 4am, then rain likely after 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 100%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A chance of showers before 1pm, then rain and patchy fog after 1pm. Highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 1am. Patchy fog. Lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the west early, then around 5 mph by midmorning.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm winds before midnight then coming out of the south 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night

Showers. Low around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


Macon County Almanac for January 17, 2019

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Franklin in 1982
Greatest Rainfall 3.00 inches in Highlands in 2006
Greatest Snowfall 4.0 inches in Franklin in 1985


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Published at 4:00 am on January 17, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Press Release: Attorney General Josh Stein does not Object to Mission/HCA Deal



Press Release
NC DOJ
Attorney General Josh Stein 
1/16/2019
(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today announced that he does not object to HCA’s acquisition of Mission Health System’s assets. As a result of extensive negotiations with the Attorney General’s Office, HCA has strengthened its commitments to provide healthcare services, the Dogwood Health Trust has agreed to make its board more representative of the communities it will serve, and the parties have agreed to enforcement measures that will ensure compliance with this agreement. These commitments will be included in a revised asset purchase agreement and letter agreement. More information about these commitments is available here.

“Access to healthcare is truly a life or death issue,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “We kept that fact in mind as we conducted our review of this transaction. After extensive negotiations, I am satisfied that this new agreement protects healthcare in western North Carolina, ensures that the full value of Mission’s assets will continue to be used for public purposes, and requires that the Dogwood Health Trust will be independent and representative.”

“I am also pleased that HCA agreed to enforcement measures – this ensures that my office has the ability to take legal action should HCA fail to comply with the commitments it has made.”

Under statute, the Attorney General has the right to review any transaction in which a nonprofit corporation sells substantially all of its assets.

The Attorney General has dedicated substantial department time and resources in carrying out this responsibility regarding the sale of Mission Health System. Since May 2018, this review and negotiation has been a top priority of attorneys in the Department of Justice.

A copy of the letter can be found here.

A comparison of the key terms of the agreement before and after Attorney General’s Office negotiations can be found here.

A map of the future Dogwood board can be found here.


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Published at 5:00 pm on January 16, 2019


Press Release
Jim Tate, Ronnie Beale and Derek Roland Participates in NCACC Legislative Goals Conference

Photo courtesy Chris Baucom/NCACC

PRESS RELEASE
DEREK ROLAND
Macon County Manager


January 16, 2019



Wake County, N.C. – Last week, Jim Tate, Ronnie Beale and Derek Roland from Macon County joined voting delegates from counties throughout the state to determine the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ (NCACC) legislative priorities for the 2019-2020 biennium session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Governor Roy Cooper delivered keynote remarks and thanked county commissioners for their commitment to public service.

From broadband expansion and capital needs in the school system to accessing mental health services, all counties in North Carolina are facing challenges similar to those that we are experiencing in Macon County. This conference gives all North Carolina counties the opportunity to come together as one voice and make our challenges known to the North Carolina General Assembly.” Ronnie Beale, Vice Chairman, Macon County Board of Commissioners.

Kevin Austin, NCACC President Elect and Yadkin County Commissioner presided over the two-day Legislative Goals Conference, which was held January 10-11. Macon County sent Ronnie Beale to serve as a voting delegate to the conference to debate, amend, offer new proposals and cast votes on the Association’s guiding principles and legislative priorities, which guide advocacy efforts at the General Assembly.

The conference is the final step in a comprehensive process, which gives each county a voice in shaping NCACC’s legislative agenda. NCACC President Elect Austin explained this inclusive approach. “Our process offers an opportunity for all our counties to participate. These goals come from counties all across the state and have been vetted by their boards before they come to the Association. It’s a grassroots effort, which involves all 100 counties,” President Elect Austin said.
As we all know, the availability of broadband internet has been discussed here in Macon County for quite some time now. It was interesting to see how many other rural counties across the state are facing similar issues with respect to broadband availability. I was very pleased to see that the expansion of broadband to unserved and underserved areas emerge as the top legislative goal for FY 19-20’.” Jim Tate, Chairman, Macon County Board of Commissioners.

Below is the list of NCACC’s top five legislative goals for 2019-2020 as determined at the Legislative Goals Conference; visit www.ncacc.org/legislativegoals to access the full list of goals for the biennium.

NCACC’s Top Five Priority Goals for 2019-2020
  1. Seek legislation, funding, and other efforts to expand digital infrastructure/broadband capability to the unserved and under-served areas and residents of the state.
  2. Seek additional revenue sources, including a statewide bond and lottery proceeds, to equitably address statewide public school and community college capital challenges.
  3. Support efforts to preserve and expand the existing local revenue base of counties and authorize local option revenue sources already given to any other jurisdiction to all counties. Oppose efforts to divert to the state, fees or taxes currently allocated to the counties or to erode existing county revenue streams.
  4. Support provision of state resources to ensure county ability to provide essential public health, behavioral health and social services, with specific consideration to the challenges of incarcerated persons, the continued county role in behavioral health governance, and programs addressing substance use disorder, throughout Medicaid transformation.
  5. Seek legislation to repeal the statutory authority under N.C. Gen. Stat. 115C-431(c) that allows a local school board to file suit against a county board of commissioners over appropriations to the local board of education’s capital outlay fund.
Photo courtesy Chris Baucom/NCACC

About the NCACC: The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues being considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of advocacy, research, risk management and education and leadership training.
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Published at 4:22 pm on January 16, 2019














Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 16,2019







Outlook

High pressure will continue dry and mild weather into Thursday. A weak frontal system will cross the forecast area Thursday night and Friday, with a highly moist system expected Saturday night into Sunday. Very cold high pressure will build across the region early next week.


THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook

A strong cold front is expected to push through the region this weekend with gusty winds supporting rapidly falling temperatures with northwest flow snow by late in the weekend. Several inches of snow focused near the Tennessee border is possible during this time. Low temperatures in the single digits and teens are possible Sunday night with dangerously cold wind chills falling into the single digits to below zero.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds rising to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm winds.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Calm winds rising to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain likely before 7pm, then showers likely, mainly between 7pm and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light and variable winds before midnight shifting to come out of the southwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near the upper 50s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain after 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Light winds out of the north.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Calm winds rising to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain likely before 7pm, then showers likely, mainly between 7pm and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near the mid-to-upper 50s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain after 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Thursday

A slight chance of rain or freezing rain between 9am and 10am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Calm winds early rising to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Rain likely before 7pm. Winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around the upper 30s.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 7 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Winds out of the wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

A slight chance of rain or freezing rain before 10am, then rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Thursday Night

Rain likely before 7pm, then showers likely, mainly between 7pm and 1am. Cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. South southwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near the lower 50s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s.


Macon County Almanac for January 16, 2019

Highest Temperature 71°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2017
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Franklin in 1994
Greatest Rainfall 4.15 inches in Nantahala in 1954
Greatest Snowfall 5.0 inches in Highlands in 1896


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Published at 2:41 am on January 16, 2019