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News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, December 26, 2023

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Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.


GENERAL OUTLOOK

Widespread rain continues across the area through the day. Thunderstorms are possible today. Colder weather arrives Wednesday night into late week with snow possible across the mountains. DAY SPONSOR

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General Forecast Through Thursday Night

Franklin Area

Today

Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog between noon and 2pm. Highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 8am. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the west 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday

A slight chance of snow showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 9am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain showers before 8pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers, then a chance of snow showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



`Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Areas of fog. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers between 10pm and 1am. Widespread fog, mainly after 5am. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Winds out of the east around 5 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9am. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 40.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Showers, mainly before 1pm. Areas of fog before 3pm. Highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 8am. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increaing to come out of the west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain showers before 8pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 8pm and 10pm, then a chance of snow showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



Nantahala Area

Today

Showers, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog between noon and 2pm. Highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9am. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A slight chance of showers between 1am and 4am, then a slight chance of rain after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 30s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday

A slight chance of rain before 7am, then a chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 40. Chance of rain is 30%.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain and snow showers before 10pm, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Chance of precipitation is 50%.



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Hazards

A flood watch is in effect for Macon county until 6pm this evening. Rain chances will decrease through the day.

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1033 PM EST Mon Dec 25 2023

…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON…

* WHAT…Flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be possible.

* WHERE…Portions of northeast Georgia, including the following areas, Habersham, Rabun and Stephens, western North Carolina, including the following areas, Eastern Polk, Greater Rutherford, Henderson, Macon, Polk Mountains, Rutherford Mountains, Southern Jackson and Transylvania, and upstate South Carolina, including the following areas, Central Greenville, Greater Oconee, Greater Pickens, Greenville Mountains, Northern Spartanburg, Oconee Mountains and Pickens Mountains.

* WHEN…Through Tuesday afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…
– Deep moisture across the area and strong southeasterly low level flow will lead to heavy rainfall today through Tuesday afternoon. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are also possible which could increase rainfall rates where they develop. Amounts of 3 to 6 inches with locally higher totals are expected through Tuesday morning which could lead to flooding, especially locations along and near the Blue Ridge Escarpment where upslope flow could enhance rainfall rates. – http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Please monitor the latest forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.


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News Briefing
—STATE AND LOCAL—

Leandro v. State of North Carolina: The Case for a Sound Basic Education | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)

Crisis Next Door – The Fentanyl Epidemic | WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)

—RECENT LOCAL NEWS—

• Town of Franklin Receives $400,000 Grant From State to Finish Construction of Fire Department Substation on NP&L Loop [Macon Media]

• Angel Medical Center President’s Column for December 2023 [xxx]

—RECENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS–

• Macon County Board of Commissioners (Dec 2023) [Macon Media]

• Macon County Board of Education December 2023 Meeting at Franklin High School [Macon Media]

• Franklin Town Council (Dec 2023) [Macon Media]

—NATIONAL—

International News Headlines

King Charles’ Christmas Message From Buckingham Palace | The Royal Family Channel

Hamas rejects ceasefire deal by Egypt, Israel resumes Gaza invasion | LiveNOW from FOX

• Russia and China are on the brink of a military alliance that could overwhelm the US [Business Insider (via Microsoft Start)]

• Israeli strike in Syria kills Iranian commander, Iran says [BBC News]

• US launches strikes on Iraq over drone attack blamed on Iran-backed forces [Al Jazeera]

• Nigeria: Attacks by armed gangs leave more than 100 dead [DW News]

• Argentinian protest organisers will have to cover security costs, government says [France 24]

• Afghan schoolgirls are finishing sixth grade in tears. Under Taliban rule, their education is over [AP News]


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On This Day

December 26 is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; five days remain until the end of the year.

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Author: Bobby Coggins

Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to rthe following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 – Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster’s Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. 



Source: http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2023/12/wx20231226.html


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