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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 13, 2021



OUTLOOK

This is an abbreviated news and weather briefing.

Dry and mild high pressure will be over our region through Thursday. Above-normal afternoon temperatures will continue through Thursday. A strong cold front is expected to arrive Friday, bringing another chance for precipitation and ushering in cold weather for the weekend.

News Highlights

• Video and supporting documents from the January 2021 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners [LINK]

• A drive though COVID-19 testing clinic has been scheduled for the Nantahala Community on January 19th at the Nantahala EMS Base located at 1096 Junaluska Road. The clinic will be held from 10AM until 2PM or until tests run out. Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule an appointment. This is for TESTING ONLY. This is NOT a COVID-19 vaccine administration location.




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General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

TodayMostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday Night

Increasing clouds, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Friday

A slight chance of snow showers before 10am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers, then a slight chance of rain showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 9pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Highlands area

Today

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

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

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph ion tyhe morning increasing to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west around 5 mph.

Friday

A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

A slight chance of snow showers before 9pm, then a slight chance of snow showers after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Otto area

Today

Mostly sunny, with ighs in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Light and variable winds.

Friday

A slight chance of sprinkles before 10am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers, then a slight chance of rain showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 10pm, then a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-20s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 50. Light winds out of the southwest.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Light winds out of the southwest.

Friday

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with highs near 40. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Windss could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 9pm, then a chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



HAZARDS

There could be some black ice on area rodways this morning, A copy of the Special Weather Statement that was issued last night by the National Weather Serice is posted below.

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
954 PM EST Tue Jan 12 2021

...PATCHY DENSE AND FREEZING FOG MAY DEVELOP BY WEDNESDAY MORNING...

Good radiational cooling conditions overnight will likely support at least patchy fog development focused across sheltered mountain valleys. Fog may be locally dense with visibility down to a quarter or less. With temperatures in the mid to upper 20s, freezing fog is expected, and any remaining wet spots on roads will freeze. This may cause icy patches on roads that could make driving hazardous in some locations. Dry air working in from aloft may support quick dissipation of fog shortly after sunrise Wednesday.

If traveling, use caution, especially on bridges, overpasses, and elevated highways where water freezes first. Do not assume that a well traveled road will be free of ice.



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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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