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Friday, January 27, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, January 27, 2017

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA

Weather Advisories and Warnings Across the USA


After an active and stormy weather pattern over the past couple of weeks, much more tranquil conditions will be the rule across the majority of the nation. The cold front has now cleared most of the East Coast, and the front should exit Florida by Friday morning. Behind the cold front, the only areas that are expected to see measurable precipitation are the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains where upslope snow showers are expected, and areas downwind of the Great Lakes where lake effect snow bands are forecast to develop. The heaviest snow is likely east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, where lake effect snow warnings are in effect. Some localized areas could see snow amounts in excess of a foot. Some isolated showers are also possible across the Florida peninsula courtesy of onshore flow.

High pressure will be quite expansive across the central and western U.S. through Saturday, along with sunny to partly cloudy skies. The coldest conditions are likely for the higher elevation valleys of the Intermountain West, with a strong inversion developing and deteriorating air quality. Approaching northern Pacific weather systems should be deflected northward before reaching the West Coast given the strong high pressure ridge that will be in place.


A broad upper level trough will persist over the eastern part of the country for the next several days keeping temperatures near normal if not slightly below.

Meanwhile...  pockets of upper level energy will help generate snow showers across the western North Carolina mountains early Friday and through the weekend.


Surface Map for Friday Jan 27th


Partly sunny with highs near 40 (wind chills dropping as low as freezing) and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 20s (wind chills near 20 at times) with winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Surface Map for Saturday Jan 28th


Sunny with highs near the mid 40s and winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 20s and calm winds until midnight, when they are expected to increase out of the northwest to 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills will be near the lower 20s.

Surface Map for Sunday Jan 29th


Partly sunny with increasing clouds and highs near 40 with temperatures falling in the afternoon.Slight chance of rain before 3 pm and a chance of rain and snow after 3 pm. Little or no accumulation expected.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid 20s. 30% chance of rain and snow, with rain and snow before 9 pm and snow after 9 pm.


No hazardous weather expected.


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A Mardi Gras Dinner to benefit REACH of Macon COunty will be held at Root + Barrel Kitchen on Main Street on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.
Reserved tickets are $75 and open seating is $60.
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Weather Extremes Almanac for January 27, 2017

North Carolina

High Temperature 82ºF in Clinton, Sampson County in 1950
Low Temperature -16ºF in Montreat, Yancey County in 1940
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 9.04 inches in Montreat, Yancey County in 1954
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 19.0 inches in Boone, Watauga County in 1998

Macon County

High Temperature 72ºF in Franklin in 1974
Low Temperature -11ºF in Highlands in 1986
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.29 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1967
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.5 inches in Highlands in 1897


Twilight Begins: 7:09 am
Sunrise: 7:36 am
Sunset 5:57 pm
Twilight Ends: 6:24 pm
Day Length: 11 hours 15 minutes

Moon Phase: New Moon at 7:07 pm
Moonrise 7:10 am
Moonset 5:54 pm

Observing the Skies

Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 8:30 pm tonight

Sky Chart for the Evening of Friday Jan 27th

Venus and Mars are the bright evening planets, but both are close to the western horizon, so don't dally too long before you get out to see them.


Rises 9:45 am
Sets 9:37 pm
Brightness -4.4 Magnitude
Distance 0.572 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Rises 10:05 am
Sets 10:01 pm
Brightness 1.1 Magnitude
Distance: 1.820 AU
Constellation: Pisces

Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am on Saturday, January 28th

Sky Chart for the Morning of Saturday January 28th

Rises 6:17 am
Sets 4:02 pm
Brightness 0.0 Magnitude
Distance 1.146 AU
Constellation: Sagittarius


Rise: 4:46 am
Sets 2:32 pm
Brightness 1.4 Magnitude
Distance: 10.738 AU
Constellation: Ophiuchus

Rises 11:51 pm
Sets 11:10 am
Brightness -2.0 Magnitude
Distance: 5.119 AU
Constellation: Virgo

Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]


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Published at 12:48 am on Jan 27, 2017

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.