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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Thusday, February 13, 2020





Outlook

A cold front will cross the region from the west today. Cool and dry high pressure will build across the East Friday through Saturday. Moisture will gradually return to the southeast Sunday through Monday, with the next cold front crossing the area from the west by Tuesday night.

Candidate Forum Scheduled for Tonight

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Public Safety Log

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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.



The next one shows the forecast for rain in 24hour totals over the next few days.



And this one shows the forecast for 24-hour snowfall totals over the same time period.






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Weather Hazards

Macon County is under a Flash Flood Watch through this evening. A copy of the watch has been added below for your convenience. Please be careful on the roadways, lowering your speed to match driving conditions and turning on your headlights so other motorists and pedestrians can see you. Some of your vehicles are practically invisible in these weather conditions. Be mindful that water may pond on roadways and runoff on roadways could increase your risk of hydroplaning if you are traveling above safe speeds. Low-lying areas and locations with poor drainage may experience minor flooding today.

Flash Flood Watch
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
230 AM EST Thu Feb 13 2020

...HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT...

.Another cold front is expected to move through the area bringing moderate to heavy rainfall today. The heaviest rainfall is expected to occur as the main front moves through the area in the early morning. With the ground already saturated and streams and rivers still high from heavy rainfall over the past week, flash flooding may develop as rainfall moves through.


...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of northeast Georgia and western North Carolina, including the following areas:

In northeast Georgia, Habersham and Rabun.

In western North Carolina, Graham, Haywood, Macon, Northern Jackson, Southern Jackson, Swain, and Transylvania.

* through this evening

* Rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are expected, especially along south and west facing slopes, with locally higher amounts possible. Heavy rainfall over the past week has left ground saturated and stream and river levels well above normal. Flash flooding could develop as heavy rainfall moves through the area, especially early this morning.

* Rapid rises above bankfull on streams and creeks may occur, along with the threat of flooded roadways. Flooding is also likely to re-develop on main stem rivers in and close to the watch area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.







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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

Showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain between 1pm and 4pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Temperatures falling from around 60 in the morning to around 50 by 6pm. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

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

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.






OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain between 1pm and 4pm. Patchy fog in the morning. Temperatures falling from around 60 in the morning to around 50 by 5pm. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

Showers, mainly before noon, then a chance of rain after 1pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Temperature falling from around 50 in the morning to around 40 by 5pm. Winds out of the west 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain between 1pm and 4pm. Patchy fog between 7am and noon. Temperatures falling from the mid-50s to the lower 40s by 5pm. Winds out of the southwest 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southeast after midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30.


Published at 5:00am on Thursday, February 13, 2020

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