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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Weather Briefing for Saturday, December 1, 2018
Multiple Accidents Snarl Traffic in Macon and Jackson Counties





News Brief (a lot happened yesterday)


Cartoons by Marshall Ramsey [LINK

Former President George HW Bush has passed away in Texas. He was 94 years old. [HOUSTON CHRONICLE]  [WIKIPEDIA]

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred Friday morning near Anchorage, Alaska [WIKIPEDIA]

A series of accidents snarled traffic on US-441 Friday afternoon for several hours between Cagle Branch Road in Jackson County to just south of Watauga Road in Macon County. The first accident, near the runaway truck ramp in Jackson County, claimed one life and injured multiple others. The NCSHP (Highway Patrol) has not released the name of the deceased as of 2 am Saturday. Shortly before 5 pm, another accident occurred on Cagle Branch Road and vehicle recovery had to take place from US-441. Macon Media was unable to determine from radio traffic if there were injuries in this accident. A third accident occurred shortly before 5:35 pm at or near the entrance to Pumpkinntown Road at the foot of Cowee Mountain in Jackson County. Two vehicles were involved and five people were injured. These accidents contributed to a period of several hours where traffic was either at a standstill, or moving very slowly as personnel extricated victims, rendered aid to them, and attempted to direct traffic and assist multiple ambulances from Harris Regional Hospital, Glenville-Cashiers Fire Department, and Macon County EMS to the scene and back out to the hospital. There were also multiple accidents in other locations in both Macon and Jackson Counties in the afternoon, with another on US-441 near Cherokee also claiming a life. [MACON MEDIA]  [WLOS-TV] [RESCUE SQUAD]


The Franklin Town Council will be meeting at 6 pm on December 3rd in the lower level of the town hall. The public agenda and agenda packet is posted on the blog. [LINK]

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will be meeting at 6 pm on December 3rd in the Commissioner Boardroom on the third floor of the county courthouse. The public agenda and agenda packet is posted on the blog. [LINK]



Outlook

Over the weekend, a significant low-pressure system will develop to our west and bring widespread precipitation to the region. A cold front will move through the forecast area late Sunday and then stall to our east on Monday. Broad high pressure will then gradually spread back over the area by midweek.


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 anticipated today. 


When driving in the rain, please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and slow down, increasing your following distance.



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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

Today

Rain likely, mainly between 9am and 11am, then showers likely after 11am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 55. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Winds out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain until mid-afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning rising to come out of the southwest around 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Calm wind.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low near the upper 30s.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Rain, mainly before 11am, then showers after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am, then patchy fog after 5pm. High near 55. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low near the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain between 9am and 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near the upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning rising to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low near the upper 40s. Light and variable winds.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Rain, mainly before 11am, then showers after 11am. Patchy fog possible into the afternoon and evening. High near 50. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch expected.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 50. Winds out of the southeast 10 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday

A chance of showers before 10am, then a slight chance of rain between 10am and 3pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 60. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Showers likely before 9am, then rain likely between 9am and 11am, then showers likely afterward. Patchy fog in the morning and perhaps into the afternoon in locations that are sheltered from the wind. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 55. Winds out of the south 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch expected.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog overnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Winds out of the south 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain between 9am and 2pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near the lower 60s. Winds of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.


Macon County Almanac for December 1, 2018

Highest Temperature 73°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 6°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.00 inches in Franklin in 1878
Greatest Snowfall 3.0 inches in Highlands in 1918



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Published at 3:45 am on December 1, 2018



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