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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 4, 2018

Franklin Town Council to Meet Monday Night

The Franklin Town Council will meet on Monday night at 6 pm in the lower level of the town hall. A copy of the public agenda and the agenda packet are posted on the blog. [LINK]


Ahead of an approaching cold front, moisture and wintry weather will return to much of the region on Sunday. Dry high pressure will then be featured for Monday and Tuesday, before unsettled weather returns on Wednesday.

We are in a period of cooler and wetter weather where winter weather events are more likely over the next few weeks. Not all the systems will bring significant snow, but chances are higher than usual that we may see some.


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Weather Almanac for February 4th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 73°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2003
Lowest Temperature -3°F in Highlands in 1912
Greatest Rainfall 3.26 inches in Nantahala 1936
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.8 inches in Highlands in 1996

Record weather events for February in Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912



Patchy freezing fog before 7 am. Cloudy with patchy fog expected to last until the afternoon hours. Winds out of the southeast swinging around through the south and southwest through 1 pm, then shifting to come out of the west then northwest by 4 pm. Rain chances near 100% from 6 am to 10 am, then dropping to 70% around 1 pm and 20% at 6 pm. Precipitation is expected to be mostly rain. Some freezing rain is possible before 7 am. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Any snow that fell overnight will likely be melted in the rain. Rainfall accumulation between a quarter and half an inch expected.


Mostly cloudy with patchy fog possible early in the evening. Lows expected to drop into the lower 20s at the higher elevations to the mid-20s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph. 20% chance of rain, mainly before 9 pm. Little or no rain or snow accumulation expected.


Sunny with highs ranging from the lower 40s at the higher elevations to the upper 40s in the lower elevations. Wind 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest, calming in the afternoon.


Mostly clear with lows ranging from the lower 20s at the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 20s in the lower elevations. Winds should be mostly calm.


Mostly sunny with increasing clouds in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the lower 50s at the higher elevations to the mid-50s in the lower elevations. 20% chance of rain, mainly after 2 pm.


Cloudy with lows ranging from the mid-30s at the higher elevations to near 40 in the lower elevations. 80% chance of rain, with the greatest chance after 9 pm.

GOES 16 GeoColor - Infrared Loop
11:47 pm to 02:42 am


Snow and freezing rain is expected to fall this morning, mainly before 7 am. Afterward, it should be mostly rain. There will be a brief period this morning when the roads will be hazardous for travel. If you can delay traveling until after 9 am or so, that would be great. As of 3 am, the temperatures are a few degrees above freezing and may drop below freezing for a few hours until rising above freezing after 7 am. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our region, and it is posted below. I don't think we'll get the amount of snow they're calling for in the lower elevations. This event will likely be bigger to our east and northeast than here.

***Winter Weather Advisory***
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
952 PM EST Sat Feb 3 2018


.A low-pressure system approaching from the Deep South overnight will bring abundant moisture to the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia through Sunday. This moisture will encounter cold air in place across the region to yield a wintry mix of precipitation developing from the southwest overnight through Sunday morning. Precipitation will likely start out as a mixture of rain, snow, and sleet across the region before transitioning over to freezing rain from south to north through the morning hours. Wintry precipitation will impact mainly locations along and northwest of the Interstate 85 corridor. Temperatures should warm sufficiently to support all rain throughout the region by Sunday afternoon.


* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Snow, sleet, and rain developing from the south overnight will transition to mainly freezing rain before ending as rain on Sunday. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are expected for many areas, with a few northern mountain and high ridge top locations seeing 3 to 4 inches of snow. Ice accumulations will range widely from a light glaze to around one-tenth of an inch.

* WHERE...The mountains of western North Carolina.

* WHEN...From 1 AM to 10 AM EST Sunday. The wintry precipitation will arrive from the southwest overnight during the early morning hours. It will transition steadily from snow and sleet to freezing rain around
daybreak, or a bit later along the northern Blue Ridge, before becoming all rain by late morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The ice and snow will result in difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for reduced
visibilities at times.


A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be
prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6
7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

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

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Macon County for a period of wintry weather that may occur tonight and over the weekend It has been posted below.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting

GOES-16 ABI CONUS - 11.20 um (Precipitation)
Image Produced at 02:47 am


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2018 Trail Ambassador (TA) Training and Refresher Course

The NHC will again provide training to Trail Ambassadors who will do day hikes on our 60-mile section to meet thru-hikers this spring. TAs will provide local knowledge and Leave No Trace education. With a 14% increase in northbound thru-hikers in 2017 over 2016, anything NHC can do to help with visitor use management will ensure a pleasant hiker experience and help protect the resource. If you would like to know more, please visit


Fundraiser for Friends of the Greenway--an indoor flea market will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in February and March at FROG Quarters, 573 East Main St in Franklin (next to the new bridge).

If you’re interested in participating, please call 369-8488 for details and registration. Only the registration fee will go to FROG, but donations are always appreciated. Funds will benefit the following projects: Butterfly Garden, Educational Signs on the Trail, Splash Pad Renovation, Chimney Swift Tower, and FROG Quarters meeting place. If your shopping, enter at Mainspring Conservation Trust drive and circle around behind the buildings.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)


On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.

Sun and Moon


Begin civil twilight 7:04 a.m.
Sunrise 7:30 a.m.
Sun transit 12:47 p.m.
Sunset 6:05 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:32 p.m.


Moonrise 9:47 p.m. last night
Moon transit 4:06 a.m.
Moonset 10:17 a.m.
Moonrise 10:49 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on February 4, 2018: Waning Gibbous with 79% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Last Quarter on February 7, 2018 at 10:54 a.m. (local standard time)

Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [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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Posted at 3:10 am on February 4, 2018

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, Ian Webster's Github, 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.