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Monday, January 27, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, January 27, 2020





Outlook

An upper-level disturbance moving across the region today will result in accumulating snow at high mountain elevations, and a chance of rain showers elsewhere. Expect dry conditions Tuesday, followed by another weak low-pressure area moving by to our south late Wednesday, with another chance for precipitation. Brief drying occurs again Thursday.

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Public Safety Log

Today's log is available and will be updated as needed. [LINK]

Yesterday's log is also online. [LINK]


News Brief

• A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for locations above 3500 feet in Macon County. More details are included in the Hazardous Weather Segment of this article.

• The Governo has requested US and NC Flags be lowered through Sunday in Honor of Spc. Antonio I. Moore [LINK]

• The Town of Waynesville hires the Franklin Police Chief. [LINK]

• an inmate at the Macon County Detention Facility suffered a broken ankle (bone is protruding from the skin), unknown cause. Emergency personnel found the inmate had multiple broken bones, including both ankles and a leg.

**note** This information has been posted in the public safety log for the day the event took place. Scroll down until you see it. It also includes audio of the initial dispatch of the call. [LINK]



A report by the Sheriff's Office was posted on Facebook, but no press release was sent to this outlet.

"Earlier today an inmate was injured at the Macon County Detention Center. 911 was immediately notified and EMS & first responders from Franklin Fire Dept. responded to the scene. Inmate was checked out and transferred to a medical facility.

An investigation into the incident was initiated immediately. The preliminary findings are that the injured inmate was being encouraged by other inmates to climb up to the bunk area of the cell block & jump from the elevated area to the floor below. The inmate jumped at an elevation of between 15-18 feet. After landing on the floor below and injuring himself, other inmates notified detention officers who responded and called 911. Inmate’s injuries includes fractures to both ankles with one compound fracture and one leg fracture. After several attempts, Detention Staff was able to contact a family member and notified them of the incident and subsequent injuries.

As with all inmates incarcerated at the Macon County Detention Center, unless a waiver has been signed or verbal authorization has been granted by an inmate, medical information may not be released, not even to family members. This is due to the fact that there are strict federal & state guidelines that govern who and what information we can release.

We see no reason to release the identity of this inmate. We are releasing the information into this incident because other inmate’s families have been contacting us concerned after hearing about EMS responding to the Detention Center and were concerned. This particular inmate’s family has been contacted and they are in communication with MCSO Detention Staff. Our staff will now be responsible for around the clock security at the hospital."



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.






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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today for most of us in the valleys below 3500 feet. Some snow is expected early thins morning and today, mainly above 4000 feet. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued and is included in this segment below.

Precipitation will develop over the mountains of western North Carolina through the morning hours. Mainly snow is expected at elevations above 5000 feet, with a rain and snow mix down to about 3500 feet, and primarily a cold rain in the mountain valleys. Snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are possible by daybreak along the highest ridges, with a dusting to an inch possible in other areas seeing snowfall.

Snow showers will continue along the higher elevations through much of today, and snowfall rates could see an uptick during the morning hours. Any heavier snow showers could mix some wet snowflakes down into the mountain valleys, but most accumulating snowfall should remain at elevations above about 4000 feet. By the end of the day, snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches will be possible at elevations above 5000 feet, with an inch or two possible above 4000 feet, and a dusting elsewhere. Roadways across the higher elevations may become quite slippery and drivers are urged to use caution.

Winter Weather Advisory
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
336 AM EST Mon Jan 27 2020

...ACCUMULATING SNOW ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA ABOVE 3500 FEET ...

.A strong upper-level disturbance will combine with plenty of low-level moisture to produce snow across the higher elevations of the North Carolina mountains. Snow levels will generally remain above 3500 feet where up to 2 inches of snow will fall. Elevations above 4000 will likely see 2-5 inches or more...especially across the Smokies, Black Mountains, and the northern mountains such as Beech Mountain. The snow will taper off and become light through the overnight and be mainly confined to the northern mountains near the Tennessee border by daybreak Tuesday.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST TUESDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 2 inches around 3500 feet, with 2-5 inches or more above 4000 feet.

* WHERE...Portions of western North Carolina.

* WHEN...Until 7 AM EST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.






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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

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A slight chance of snow before 9am, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 9am and 10am, then a chance of rain after 10am. Cloudy, with highs in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light winds out of the northwest increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday Night

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

Wednesday

A slight chance of rain and snow between 9am and 10am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

A chance of rain and snow showers before 10am, then a chance of rain showers. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. WInds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday

Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with highs near 40.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all rain after 9am. Patchy fog before 2pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

Areas of fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Areas of fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Light winds out of the northeast.

Wednesday

A slight chance of snow before 9am, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 9am and 10am, then a chance of rain after 10am. Cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30.


Published at 5:00am on Monday, January 27, 2020

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