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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, December 5, 2018





Outlook

Dry Canadian high pressure will remain across the region and hold temperatures below normal through the end of the week. A moist and cold wintry storm will affect the region over the weekend. As of 2 am Wednesday, it is still unclear how much of this will fall as rain or snow in Macon County. The transition line between all snow and all rain for this event will be either in Macon County or just to our east. Those who end up on the west side of the transition line will see all rain or mostly all rain.

Stay tuned to local weather sources to keep up to date with changes in the forecast. Official information on weather advisories, watches, and warnings from the National Weather Service is available online at is.gd/MACONWARN

If it does snow, sleet, ice or freezing rain does fall in our area, please be mindful of safety, and consider leaving early so you can drive at a safe speed. You might also consider canceling travel plans and stay off the roads so the NCDOT can better clear the roads. This will also reduce the need for emergency personnel so they can respond to emergency situations instead of your fender bender or serious accident.



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.

A strong coastal low-pressure system will likely bring periods of moderate to heavy rain and wintry precipitation to the area this weekend. Snow and ice accumulations are most likely across the region. Now is the time to make preparations for potential power outages. You should always be prepared to be without electrical service for 72 hours.

FEMA has a good guide to preparing for ice storms and tips also apply to snow storms. [LINK]

Stay tuned to local weather sources to keep up to date with changes in the forecast. Official information on weather advisories, watches, and warnings from the National Weather Service is available online at is.gd/MACONWARN



WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 20. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Calm wind rising to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low near the upper 20s. Calm wind rising to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high in the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low in the lower 20s. Winds chill values will be in the upper teens at times. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Calm wind rising to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Wind chill values in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 20. Wind chill values in the teens and down into the single digits at times. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Winds are expected to gradually diminish to 5 to 10 mph by daybreak.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low In the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high in the lower 40s. Locations with a northern exposure may not leave the mid-to-upper 30s.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Wind chill values will make it feel like it is in the the low-to-mid 20s at times. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Light and variable winds rising to come out of the west around 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low near the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing.


Macon County Almanac for December 5, 2018

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1956
Lowest Temperature 7°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest Rainfall 3.74 inches in Highlands in 1941
Greatest Snowfall 2.0 inches in Highlands in 1971



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Published at 2:30 am on December 5, 2018



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