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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Winter Weather Forecasted for WNC Mountains


Graphic Courtesy National Weather Service GSP Office


According to forecasts from the Greenville-Spartanburg Office of the National Weather Service, those of us who live in western North Carolina can expect to see some more snow from today to Saturday in amounts ranging from an inch in the Southeast foothills or so to 6 inches or more in the counties bordering Tennessee.

I've recorded the NOAA All Hazards Radio report from a few minutes ago and posted the advisories below. For more up to date information, please visit the local National Weather Service Office on the Internet, or listen to your favorite TV or Radio Station.





URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
418 AM EST THU JAN 7 2010

...ACCUMULATING SNOW AND BITTER WIND CHILLS TO AFFECT PARTS OF THE
SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS STARTING LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT...

.A STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY TODAY WILL BRING AN
ARCTIC COLD FRONT TO THE REGION THIS EVENING. SNOW WILL ACCOMPANY
THE APPROACH OF THE FRONT LATER TODAY...WITH BITTER WIND CHILLS
AND A PROLONGED PERIOD OF ACCUMULATING SNOW FOLLOWING THE FRONTAL
PASSAGE INTO THE WEEKEND.

NCZ507-509-071030-
/O.CAN.KGSP.WW.Y.0004.100107T1700Z-100109T1100Z/
RUTHERFORD MOUNTAINS-POLK MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITY OF...LAKE LURE
418 AM EST THU JAN 7 2010

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS
CANCELLED THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF
RUTHERFORD AND POLK COUNTIES.

ALTHOUGH A DUSTING TO A TENTH OF AN INCH OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE
FROM TRYON TO LAKE LURE THIS EVENING...ADVISORY CRITERIA SNOWFALL
OF ONE INCH IS NO LONGER EXPECTED IN THIS AREA. THE WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY HAS THUS BEEN CANCELLED.

$$

NCZ033-048>052-071800-
/O.NEW.KGSP.WC.Y.0006.100108T0500Z-100109T1700Z/
/O.CON.KGSP.WS.W.0003.100107T1700Z-100110T0500Z/
AVERY-MADISON-YANCEY-MITCHELL-SWAIN-HAYWOOD-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NEWLAND...SPRUCE PINE...CHEROKEE...
WAYNESVILLE
418 AM EST THU JAN 7 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO
MIDNIGHT EST SATURDAY NIGHT...
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON
EST SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
TO NOON EST SATURDAY. A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT
FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT EST SATURDAY NIGHT.

AN APPROACHING ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL BRING MOISTURE AND
ASSOCIATED SNOWFALL TO THE TENNESSEE BORDER COUNTIES OF THE NORTH
CAROLINA MOUNTAINS STARTING THIS AFTERNOON. FOLLOWING THE FRONTAL
PASSAGE THIS EVENING...NORTHWEST FLOW MOISTURE WILL DEVELOP
OVERNIGHT AND PERSIST FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH THE FRONTAL PASSAGE
THROUGH THIS EVENING...WITH AN ADDITIONAL 2 INCHES LIKELY IN THE
NORTHWEST FLOW THROUGH FRIDAY. STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4
TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BY THE TIME THE SNOW SHOWERS DIMINISH
SATURDAY EVENING...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ALONG THE RIDGE
TOPS NEAR THE TENNESSEE BORDER.

NORTHWEST WINDS WILL LIKELY INCREASE TO BETWEEN 20 AND 30 MPH
TONIGHT...AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. THE WINDS MAY GUST TO
BETWEEN 40 AND 50 MPH AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY AT THE HIGHER
ELEVATIONS. THE COMBINATION OF THESE WIND SPEEDS AND COLD
TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS WILL ALLOW WIND CHILL
VALUES TO FALL TO BETWEEN MINUS 5 AND MINUS 15 FROM LATE TONIGHT
THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. A FEW OF THE COLDER AND WINDIER RIDGE
TOP LOCATIONS COULD SEE WIND CHILL VALUES OF MINUS 20 OR
COLDER AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...
FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

&&

$$

NCZ053-058-059-062>065-501-503-505-071800-
/O.NEW.KGSP.WC.Y.0006.100108T0500Z-100109T1700Z/
/O.CON.KGSP.WW.Y.0004.100107T1700Z-100109T1100Z/
BUNCOMBE-GRAHAM-NORTHERN JACKSON-MACON-SOUTHERN JACKSON-
TRANSYLVANIA-HENDERSON-CALDWELL MOUNTAINS-BURKE MOUNTAINS-
MCDOWELL MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ASHEVILLE...SYLVA...FRANKLIN...
BREVARD...HENDERSONVILLE
418 AM EST THU JAN 7 2010

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO
6 AM EST SATURDAY...
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON
EST SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
TO NOON EST SATURDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT
FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 AM EST SATURDAY.

AN APPROACHING ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL BRING MOISTURE AND
ASSOCIATED SNOWFALL TO THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
STARTING THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WITH THE PASSING
FRONTAL ZONE WILL LIKELY REACH AROUND ONE INCH FROM THE NORTH
CAROLINA BLUE RIDGE TO ASHEVILLE TO BREVARD. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS
WILL BE A LITTLE HIGHER FROM ROBBINSVILLE TO FRANKLIN TO
SYLVA...WITH FAIRLY WIDESPREAD 2 INCH AMOUNTS LIKELY BY LATE
EVENING.

THE PRECIPITATION WILL THEN STEADILY PARE BACK TOWARD THE
TENNESSEE BORDER LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY. STORM TOTAL SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS COULD REACH 3 TO 5 INCHES IN WESTERN GRAHAM
COUNTY...WITH TOTALS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES FROM ROBBINSVILLE TO FRANKLIN
TO SYLVA...AND 1 TO 2 INCHES ACROSS THE ASHEVILLE AREA...BY THE
TIME THE SNOW ENDS LATE SATURDAY.

NORTHWEST WINDS WILL LIKELY INCREASE TO BETWEEN 15 AND 25 MPH
TONIGHT...AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. THE WINDS MAY GUST
TO BETWEEN 35 AND 45 MPH AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY AT THE HIGHER
ELEVATIONS. THE COMBINATION OF THESE WIND SPEEDS AND COLD
TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS WILL ALLOW WIND CHILL
VALUES TO FALL TO BETWEEN MINUS 5 AND MINUS 15 FROM LATE TONIGHT
THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

&&

$$

GAZ010-071800-
/O.CON.KGSP.WW.Y.0004.100107T1700Z-100109T1100Z/
RABUN-
INCLUDING THE CITY OF...CLAYTON
418 AM EST THU JAN 7 2010

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO
6 AM EST SATURDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO
6 AM EST SATURDAY.

AN APPROACHING ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL BRING MOISTURE AND
ASSOCIATED SNOWFALL TO THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA LATE
THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FROM CLAYTON
TO DILLARD WILL LIKELY RANGE FROM ONE HALF TO ONE INCH BY THE
TIME THE SNOWFALL ENDS TONIGHT. A FEW LOCATIONS NEAR THE
IMMEDIATE NORTH CAROLINA BORDER COULD SEE TWO INCHES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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