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Friday, March 20, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, March 20, 2020





Outlook

A strong cold front will bring rain chances to the area today and tomorrow. Cooler high pressure will return Sunday, and moisture will gradually return over the front to the south as well. Unsettled conditions will continue through the next week.

COVID-19 Briefing

The number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continues to climb. You should be practicing social distancing and limiting your trips outside the home to what is necessary to help limit the number of people who become infected.

The first case of community spread (person to person to someone who has not traveled out of state) has occurred in Wilson County. A surge of cases may occur over the next few weeks if community transmission is occurring. The state is scrambling to get as many ventilators as possible so they can deal with the coming hospitalizations.

White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing for March 19th



President Participates in a Teleconference with Governors



NC Governor Task Force Briefing



U.S. Government COVID-19 Response Plan




Here are some videos and links to help you understand what is going on with the pandemic and why scientists have advised governments to take certain actions.


The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do


How to See Germs Spread


Coronavirus vs. Every 2000s Epidemic (March 19 update) 

Fatality Comparison



Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially and how to "flatten the curve" [LINK]

The Korean clusters: How coronavirus cases exploded in South Korean churches and hospitals [LINK]

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially and how to "flatten the curve" [LINK]

The Korean clusters: How coronavirus cases exploded in South Korean churches and hospitals [LINK]



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Public Safety Log
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THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
The maps have been switched from showing the eastern United States to the Western Atlantic Region in anticipation of warmer weather when our weather pattern is more susceptible to being impacted by what happens in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

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 surface pressure (in mb) and winds at 10 metres (30 feet) over the same time period.







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Weather Hazards

Heavy rain showers and embedded thunderstorms, are expected to cross the region from the west this afternoon through tonight. Minor flooding of low-lying areas will be possible under any persistent rain showers that develop.






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

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

Today

A chance of rain, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. the chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then showers between 9pm and 11pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Patchy fog after 2am. Lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A slight chance of showers before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the north. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday

Showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Lows in the upper 40s. The chance of precipitation is 80%.






OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

A chance of rain, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm between midnight and 3am, then showers likely after 3am. Patchy fog after 2am. Lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the north. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light winds out of the north.

Sunday

Showers likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Lows in the upper 40s. The chance of precipitation is 80%.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

A chance of rain, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1am and 3am, then showers likely after 3am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A slight chance of showers before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. WInds out of the northeast 3 to 5 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday

Showers likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph. the chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. The chance of precipitation is 80%.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

A chance of rain, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. the chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog before midnight, then patchy fog after 1am. Lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the west 3 to 5 mph. the chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the northwest. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 7am. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Lows in the upper 40s. the chance of precipitation is 80%.




Published at 7:00am on Friday, March 20, 2020

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