...Major winter storm expected to hammer the Northeast U.S. and heavy rain is likely over parts of Texas and the Gulf Coast...
A strong surface low just southeast of Cape Cod will continue intensifying rapidly during the day Monday while moving towards Nova Scotia. This nor'easter will bring blizzard conditions across parts of Maine through Monday as the winds become quite strong along with heavy snow and reduced visibilities. Winter storm warnings are in effect from upstate New York to northern Maine, where snowfall amounts of 8 to 16 inches are likely with locally higher amounts, and blizzard warnings for eastern Maine. Coastal flooding could also be an issue for this region. Given the strong pressure gradient that is expected to develop in the wake of this storm, widespread windy conditions are expected as far west as the central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic region, where high wind warnings are in effect for potential gusts in excess of 50 mph through Monday morning.
An upper level low over northern Mexico, along with a surface frontal boundary, will continue to result in rain and mountain snow from Arizona to western Texas. Periods of rain, heavy at times, and scattered thunderstorms will develop ahead of the system across Texas and eventually moving eastward towards the central Gulf Coast by Wednesday morning. Heavy snowfall is forecast across the higher terrain of New Mexico on Monday before gradually winding down. By Tuesday night, rain and mountain snow starts returning to the Pacific Northwest after several days of dry weather.
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. A GOFUNDME has been established to assist the family with clothing and other needs while they are homeless. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/family-of-5-loses-all-in-house-fire to find out more.
Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response.
Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.
They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.
Cool high pressure will settle over our section of the nation in the first half of the week resulting in temperatures just above what is normal for this time of year. A stronger cold front crosses our region Wednesday dropping temperatures to just below normal Thursday. Then, expect temperatures to warm to well above normal again over the weekend.
THREE DAY OUTLOOK
Sunny with highs near the mid to upper 50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest gusting to 25 mph.
Partly cloudy with lows near 30 and calm winds.
Partly sunny with highs near the mid to upper 50s. Winds will start the day out calm, then will rise to 5 to 10 mph from the west in the afternoon.
Mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 30s. Calm winds before midnight, then out of the northwest after midnight. 40% chance of rain after midnight.
Mostly cloudy with highs near 50. 50% chance of rain.
Partly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 20s.
A Wind Advisory will be in effect until 1 pm this afternoon. The details of the advisory are posted below.
..MONDAY...High winds possible. Strong wind gusts will taper off through the day on Monday.
As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
757 PM EST Sun Feb 12 2017
...VERY STRONG WINDS EXPECTED ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS AND IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT FOOTHILLS TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...
.Strong northwest winds are developing across the southern Appalachians behind a departing cold front. The winds will continue to strengthen through the overnight hours and then gradually weaken through late Monday morning. Pockets of damaging winds are likely, especially along and just east of the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge, and across portions of the upper French Broad Valley.
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST MONDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...
* LOCATIONS...The high elevations of southwest North Carolina, including the Balsams and the Smokies.
* HAZARDS...Strong winds gusts.
* TIMING...Winds will gradually strengthen through the overnight hours, likely peaking before sunrise Monday. The winds will gradually diminish through the late morning hours Monday.
* WINDS...North 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 45 to 55 mph.
* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs... trees... and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.
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.
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FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB MEETING AT LIBRARY
Franklin Bird Club meeting. “Cherokee Bird Legends and Myths” by Barbara Duncan. 7:00 pm at the Macon County Public Library.
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 13, 2017
High Temperature 80ºF in Ramseur, Randolph County in 1915
Low Temperature -19ºF in Highlands, Macon County in 1899
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 8.63 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 17.0 inches on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 2014
High Temperature 74ºF at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1949
Low Temperature -19ºF in Highlands in 1899
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.0 inches in Highlands in 2014
Twilight Begins: 6:55 am
Sunrise: 7:21 am
Sunset 6:14 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:40 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 45 minutes
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 92% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated
Moonset 8:57 am
Moonrise 9:08 pm
Observing the Skies
Evening Events and Planets
Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets.
Rises 9:00 am
Sets 9:34 pm
Brightness -4.5 Magnitude
Distance 0.451 AU
Rises 9:30 am
Sets 9:55 pm
Brightness 1.2 Magnitude
Distance: 1.935 AU
Morning Events and Planets
Rises 6:45 am
Sets 4:50 pm
Brightness -0.2 Magnitude
Distance 1.328 AU
Rises 3:46 am
Sets 1:32 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.516 AU
Rises 10:44 pm
Sets 10:04 am
Brightness -2.1 Magnitude
Distance: 4.867 AU
Sky Guides for this week
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 4:04 am on Feb 13, 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.