The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch that includes Macon County for Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The full text is below:
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
333 PM EST Fri Mar 10 2017
…ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING…
.Cold high pressure will settle southeast across the western Carolinas through the day on Saturday, setting the stage for accumulating snowfall across the region late Saturday through Sunday morning. Snow is expected to develop across the higher terrain late Saturday and then work down into the mountain valleys, and across the foothills and piedmont, through early Sunday morning. The snowfall will gradually end through late Sunday morning.
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING…
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning.
* LOCATIONS…Macon, Southern Jackson, Transylvania, and Henderson Counties in the North Carolina Mountains.
* HAZARDS…Heavy Snow.
* TIMING…Snow will begin at the higher elevations of the North Carolina mountains late Saturday afternoon, dropping into the lower mountain valleys Saturday night, with the heaviest snowfall in the pre-dawn hours Sunday. The snow will taper off by Noon Sunday.
* ACCUMULATIONS…Snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches, with locally higher amounts at elevations above 4000 feet.
* IMPACTS…The heavy snow will create snow covered roads and produce scattered power outages.
* TEMPERATURES…In the upper 20s and lower 30s Saturday night, recovering above freezing by late Sunday morning.
* WINDS…Northeast 5 to 10 mph.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow…sleet…or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
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.