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Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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OUTLOOK

A weak cold front will cross the region from the west this morning, with drier air spilling in through the day. Dry high pressure will set up over the area through the middle part of the week. A sharper cold front will move east through the region on Friday, with much colder air arriving for the weekend.

News Brief

The NC State Board of Election reminds us that voter intimidation is against the law [LINK

Monday’s COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County [LINK

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers from Macon Public Health, along with a chart to show you the long-term trends since May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public.

Cases

695 Detected
(+15 from Thursday and +35 from last Friday and +121 in four weeks)

33 Active
(-1 from Thursday and +2 from last Friday and +19 in four weeks)

655 Recovered
(+16 from Thursday and +33 from last Friday and +102 in four weeks)

7 Deaths
(unchanged from Thursday and unchanged from last Friday and unchanged in four weeks)

Testing

5968 by MCPH
(+48 from Thursday and +142 from last Friday and +702 in four weeks)

2402 by others
(+69 from Thursday and +142 from last Friday and +494 in four weeks)

8370 in total
(+117 from Thursday and +284 from last Friday and +1196 in four weeks)

71 tests pending results
(-59 from Thursday and -48 from last Friday and -17 in four weeks)

General forecast through Thursday night

Today

Areas of fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs ranging from the mid-60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows ranging from the upper 30s in the higher elevations to the low-to-mid 40s in the lower elevations. WInds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs ranging from the upper 60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Clear, with lows ranging from the upper 30s in the higher elevations to the mid-40s in the lower elevations. Calm winds.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs ranging from the upper 60s in the higher elevations to the mid-70s in the lower elevations.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows ranging from the lower 40s in the higher elevations to the lower 50s in the lower elevations.

HAZARDS

Canadian high-pressure building into the area this weekend may support frost and high elevation freeze conditions overnight into the early morning hours.

Abundant moisture across the region early this morning is permitting widespread fog to develop across the North Carolina mountains. Patchy dense fog may form in some locations, especially the river valleys, with visibility falling to one-quarter mile or less at times. The visibility should start to improve rapidly around daybreak as a cold front passes from the west.

If traveling this morning, be prepared for rapid changes in visibility due to the fog. Use low beam headlights and fog lamps when driving. Allow extra stopping distance and travel time.

Air Quality


Air quality is in the middle range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be low-medium (3.1 out of 12) with ragweed, chenopods, and grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.5 out of 12).

Weather Extremes for Macon County for October 13th

Highest Temperature 85°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 24°F in Franklin in 1988
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.90 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1983
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (no snowfall has been recorded on this date since records began in 1872 


TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)



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