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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, December 6, 2018





Outlook

Dry high pressure will remain across the region and hold temperatures below normal over the next several days. A moist and cold wintry storm will push into the forecast area Saturday and slowly cross east through early next week. 


The NWS will be releasing another Hazardous Weather Briefing this morning at 6 am. Macon Media will re-post it so you can see what their meteorologists are thinking.

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 and emergency personnel can respond to emergency situations instead of your fender bender or serious accident.



THREE DAY GFS FORECAST

**NOTE** Two computer models are shown so you can see some differences in how computer models are handling this event. One the top is the FV-3, which is scheduled to replace the GFS (shown on the bottom) early in 2019.

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. There is a potential for a wintry event this weekend. You should make preparations in case it does happen.



Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service

A strong coastal low-pressure system will likely bring periods of moderate to heavy rain and wintry precipitation to the area this weekend, possibly continuing into early next week. Snow and ice accumulations are most likely across the mountains, foothills and northwest Piedmont of North Carolina, but possible elsewhere, especially along and north of I-85.



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.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]




FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

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

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low near the upper 20s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near the upper 40s. Calm winds in the early morning rising to come out of the northwest around 5 mph by mid-morning.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds.

Saturday

A slight chance of rain or freezing rain before 8am, then rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

Rain and snow likely before 8pm, then snow and sleet likely between 8pm and 11pm, then sleet after 11pm. Low around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Calm winds in the morning 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 6 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds.

Saturday

Rain likely, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

Rain and snow likely before 8pm, then snow and sleet between 8pm and 11pm, then sleet after 11pm. Low around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph early in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest by mid-morning.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low near the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A slight chance of rain after 4am, mixing with freezing rain after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around freezing. Light winds out of the west. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

A chance of rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 2pm, then rain likely between 2pm and 3pm, then snow likely after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

Snow before 10pm, then snow and sleet. Low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph early in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest by mid-morning.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around in the upper 20s. Winds out of the west around 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

A slight chance of rain or freezing rain after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

A slight chance of rain or freezing rain before 7am, then a chance of freezing rain between 7am and 8am, then rain likely after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night

Rain. Low around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


Macon County Almanac for December 6, 2018

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
Lowest Temperature 4°F in Highlands in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 2.88 inches in Highlands in 2013
Greatest Snowfall 3.0 inches in Nantahala in 1937



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Published at 3:30 am on December 6, 2018



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