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Saturday, January 14, 2023

Local News and Weather Briefing for Saturday, January 14, 2023



This is a truncated news and weather briefing. The headline for yesterday was the rapid deterioration of road conditions due to snow falling and below freezing temperatures. Several accidents occured ion the late afternoon into the evening hours. NCDOT trucks have worked all night attempting to keep the main arteries navigable.

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In other local news, there was a brief pursuit by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in the Cartoogechaye community that was ended by spike-strips employed by the Franklin Police Department at Gibson Cove Road. Two individuals were taken into custody.

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A student on an East Franklin Elementary School Bus over a conversation about hunting and a firearm and reported a potential threat. An investigation detemined that there was no threat.

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The Macon County Sheriff's Office posted an update on Facebook regarding their investigation into a report of a teacher taping a student to a chair.

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GENERAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will build in today and through the weekend. Strong winds will bring heavy snow to northwest-facing slopes of the North Carolina mountains. Another round of precipitation is expected in the area on Tuesday. High pressure briefly returns on Wednesday ahead of another possible round of rain to close out the week.





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General Forecast Through Monday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Sunday

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

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

M.L.King Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Chance of rain is 70%.
Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 20 to 25 mph in the morning decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph in the morning decreasing to become calm in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds in the early evening increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight.

M.L.King Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

M.L.King Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 60%.


Nantahala Area (Winter Storm Advisory for Elevation Above 3500ft until 7am)

Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 22. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 30. Calm winds.

M.L.King Day

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 50s.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 60%.








Hazards and Tropical Weather

Other than potentially icy roads in the morning, no hazardous weather conditions are expected today in Macon County.

Winter Weather Advisory
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1004 PM EST Fri Jan 13 2023

Buncombe-Northern Jackson-Macon- Including the cities of Asheville, Black Mountain, Candler, Cullowhee, Tuckasegee, Sylva, Franklin, Rainbow Springs, Kyle, and Highlands

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...Buncombe, Northern Jackson and Macon Counties.

* WHEN...Until 7 AM EST Saturday.

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

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Wind chill values could drop to around zero across the higher elevations through tonight.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

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. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp. The latest state road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.




Record Weather Events for January 14th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 72°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2017
Lowest Temperature 1°F in Franklin in 2011
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.40 inches in Highlands in 1921
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.5 inches in Highlands in 1982

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of January Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-28-1999
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 5.10 inches in Highlands on 01-12-2018
Greatest Snowfall 10.5 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on 01-08-1988

Record Weather Events for January 14th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 85°F in Brevard, Transylvania County in 1932
Lowest Temperature -8°F in Jefferson, Ashe County in 1988
Greatest Rainfall 3.45 inches in Ocracoke, Hyde County in 1961
Greatest Snowfall 13.0 inches in Louisburg, Franklin County in 1933
Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of January Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 86°F in Marion, Mcdowell County on 01-24-1927
Lowest Temperature -34°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-21-1985
Greatest Rainfall 9.18 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County on 01-13-2018
Greatest Snowfall 28.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 01-28-1998






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Published at 5:00am on Saturday, January 14, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

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