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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 10, 2021

OUTLOOK

Canadian high pressure will remain over our region for the weekend. Another low pressure system will pass just south of the area Monday and Tuesday and could bring additional wintry precipitation to the region. Another strong cold front is expected to arrive at the end of the week.




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General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Calm winds.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Rain and snow likely before 1am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 9am. Partly sunny, with highs near 50.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper.

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Light and variable winds early increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph by midmorning. TonightPartly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Light winds out of the south.

Monday

A slight chance of rain and snow before noon, then a chance of rain between noon and 3pm, then a chance of rain and snow after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night

Snow and freezing rain likely before 4am, then a slight chance of snow and freezing rain after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday

A slight chance of snow and freezing rain before 7am, then a slight chance of snow before the moisture dries up. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

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

Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Monday

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night

Rain and snow likely before midnight, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 8am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 50.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 20s.

Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Calm winds.

Monday

A slight chance of rain and snow between 11am and noon, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 40. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Monday Night

A chance of rain and snow before midnight, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday

A 20 percent chance of rain before 8am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.



HAZARDS

Some locations have have slippery roads this morning, so be careful while driving this morning.



Fairly abundant clouds and chilly temperatures on Saturday kept much of the moisture from the recent mountain snowfall from drying up. With temperatures falling into the teens and lower 20s overnight, patches of black ice will likely develop or persist tonight through much of Sunday morning.



Drivers may encounter slippery road conditions. Black ice can be very difficult to spot on area roadways. Use caution and be on the lookout for black ice if traveling in the western North Carolina mountains tonight through Sunday morning.

A passing low pressure system may interact with cold air in place across the region to produce accumulations of light snow or a wintry mix Monday night into Tuesday.






COVID-19 Briefing

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th.
Cases
2027 Detected
(+59 from Thursday and +965 in four weeks)
636 Active
(+19 from Thursday and +543 in four weeks)

1397 Recovered
(+58 from Thursday and +437 in four weeks)

12 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and unchanged from last Friday and +3 in four weeks)

Testing

8016 by MCPH
(unchanged from Thursday and +568 in four weeks)

5783 by Others
(+113 from Thursday and +1332 in four weeks)

13799 total
(+93 from Thursday and +1880 in four weeks)
138 tests pending results
(-31 from Thursday and -81 in four weeks)





The Macon County Public Healthj did not send out a press release containing a Weekly Demographic Report yesterday as scheduled.





Air Quality




Air quality is in the upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low (0.3 out of 12) with Mixed Trace being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be a little higher (0.9 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for January 10th


Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1949
lowest Temperature -101°F in Franklin in 1970
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.77 inches in Nantahala in 1952
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 7.5 inches in Franklin in 2011

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the Month of January

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1999
lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands in 1985
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 5.10 inches in Highlands in 2018
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 14.0 inches in Franklin in 1877






TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)


The North Atlantic Hurricane Season is over for the year. If anything does develop, the information will be posted in this section of the weather briefing.







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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, January 10, 2020


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