...Heavy rain and mountain snow for the West and less active for the Eastern U.S....
An active weather pattern will continue across the western U.S. over the next few days as deep Pacific moisture continues to move inland. An upper level low near the Pacific Northwest, along with a well-defined frontal zone, will provide additional lift and enhance precipitation amounts. The greatest rainfall amounts are expected from central California to western Washington, where 2 to locally 5 inches of rainfall will be possible through Monday. Heavy snow is likely for the higher elevations of the Sierra, Cascades, and the northern Rockies, with snowfall amounts in excess of a foot possible.
For the remainder of the U.S., high pressure will remain in control through Saturday night. Return flow on the backside of the surface high pressure area should bring moisture and patchy areas of rain across the Deep South states through Sunday. Some lake-effect snow can also be expected in the vicinity of the Great Lakes.
Moderating temperatures are in store for the East Coast for the beginning of the work week ahead of the next storm system.
SEVERE STORM POTENTIAL FOR TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY
There is potential for severe weather to our west that may reach Macon County sometime in the Tuesday to Wednesday timeframe. Right now, it looks like the storms may cross our region late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
GOFUNDME ESTABLISHED FOR FAMILY WHO LOST HOME IN FIRE
A family with three children, two girls, ages 14 and 8, and a boy, age 4, has lost their home due to a fire yesterday. A GOFUNDME has been established to assist the family with clothing and other needs while they are homeless. Visit GOFUNDME to find out more. [LINK]
After a seasonably cool weekend, temperatures warm back above normal by early next week as southerly flow returns in advance of a moist cold front. This front is expected to reach the region by early Wednesday with cooler high pressure spreading back over the region to end the work week.
THREE DAY OUTLOOK
Mostly cloudy with decreasing clouds, becoming mostly sunny by the afternoon hours. Highs near the mid to upper 50s. Winds will be out of the southwest, shifting to come from the northwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. FrReezing rain may make the roads hazardous before 4 am.
Partly cloudy with lows near freezing and winds out of the northwest calming before midnight.
Mostly cloudy early with decreasing clouds with mostly sunny skies expected before noon. Highs near 60. Calm winds early, then from the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. 40% chance of snow/rain before 8 am. Little or no accumulation is currently expected.
Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 40s and winds out of the southwest. 50% chance of rain.
Cloudy with highs near the lower 60s. 70% chance of rain.
Cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 40s. 80% chance of rain, thunder possible.
Freezing rain is expected to fall in the morning before 8 am. Roads may briefly become slippery. If you plan on being on the roads during this time period, please be careful and consider giving our scanner feed at MaconScan.com a short listen to see if area fire departments and law enforcement are responding to any accidents before you venture out.
As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN
If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer of photo, to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no charge for civic, educational or non profit groups.
Adult Planetarium Programs at the Library
Shows at 2 pm and 6 pm on Thursday, February 9th
For more information, visit the blog at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/adult-planetarium-programs-at-library.html
MARDI GRAS DINNER TO BENEFIT REACH OF MACON COUNTY
A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon County will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
More information is on the flyer posted here.
Weather Extremes Almanac for February 4, 2017
High Temperature 83ºF in Wilmington, New Hanover County in 1957
Low Temperature -15ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1947
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.98 inches in Smithfield, Johnston County in 1959
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 20.1 inches in Lexington, Davidson County in 1905
High Temperature 72ºF in Franklin in 1890
Low Temperature -11ºF in Highlands in 1917
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.22 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1960
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1929
Twilight Begins: 7:03 am
Sunrise: 7:29 am
Sunset 6:06 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:33 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 30 minutes
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous with 67% of the visible disk illuminated
Moonset 2:17 am
Moonrise 1:10 pm
Moonset 3:21 am tomorrow
Observing the Skies
Evening Events and Planets
Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.
Rises 9:23 am
Sets 9:38 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.507 AU
Rises 9:46 am
Sets 9:58 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.881 AU
Morning Events and Planets
Rises 6:33 am
Sets 4:23 pm
Brightness -0.1 Magnitude
Distance 1.258 AU
Rises 4:14 am
Sets 2:00 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.627 AU
Rises 11:16 pm
Sets 10:35 am
Brightness -2.0 Magnitude
Distance: 4.981 AU
Sky Guides for this week (Jan 27- Feb 4)
Sky and Telescope Magazine
Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]
Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]
Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]
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Published at 3:29 am on Feb 4, 2017
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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.