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Friday, February 8, 2019

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, February 8, 2019






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Outlook

A strong cold front will then push through the region today, with robust Canadian high pressure spreading back over the region for the weekend. Deeper moisture is expected to return to the region late in the weekend, and bring a cool and wet pattern for the first part of next week.


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

The weather hazard for today and tonight is high winds. Scattered power outages may be possible. Also, very cold wind chills values will occur in the higher elevations and on the Highlands Plateau overnight, so if you're planning on being outside, please dress warmly and try to limit your time outdoors. A Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service has been added below.


NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC


This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the mountains of western North Carolina.

Northwest winds will increase rapidly behind the passing cold front toward daybreak today, with some gusts above 40 mph likely along the higher ridge tops. The very gusty northwest winds will persist through the evening, with ridge top gusts of 40 to 50 mph possible at times. A Wind Advisory could still be needed for portions of the mountains today if the forecast winds increase any further.


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

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

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 20s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Sunday

A slight chance of freezing rain before 9am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night

Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm winds in the morning, then coming out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm winds before midnight, then out of the east around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday

A slight chance of freezing rain before 9am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night

Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Partly sunny. Temperatures starting off in the lower 40s and falling to near 35 by 6pm. Wind chill values will be in the 20s in the afternoon and may drop to the upper teens by sundown. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Wind chills will range from the upper teens to the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low in the upper 20s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

A slight chance of freezing rain before 10am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night

Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers before 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low in the upper 20s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph early, then becoming calm by midmorning.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Calm winds rising to come out of the southeast around 6 mph before midnight.

Sunday

A slight chance of freezing rain before 9am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night

Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low in the upper 30s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Macon County Almanac for February 8, 2019

Highest Temperature 69°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Lowest Temperature -17°F in Highlands in 1895
Greatest Rainfall 2.50 inches in Franklin in 1878
Greatest Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1995

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912

Weather Extremes for Macon County for February
Data available from 1873 to 2018

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-28-1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 02-13-1899
Greatest Rainfall 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 02-13-1966
Greatest Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on 02-14-1912





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Published at 3:50 am on February 8, 2019

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