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Weather Briefing for Wednesday, January 04, 2023

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Here is the news and weather briefing for Macon County.


GENERAL OUTLOOK

Dry and seasonably cool high pressure will control our weather through today. Low pressure tracking south of the region will bring a chance of light snow to the mountains Wednesday night. A more impactful low pressure system will bring a wintry mix to parts of our region Friday night and Saturday morning, turning to rain in the Piedmont and mountain valleys by midday Saturday. A strong storm system is forecast to affect the eastern part of our nation through the middle of next week.


—LOCAL NEWS UPDATE–

Last night, the Franklin Town Town Council voted 6-0 to establish a social district in downtown Franklin where drinking alcohol will be allowed. The next steps will involve firming up the map, creating a logo, designing cups and signage, and sending the information to Raleigh. The district will become active in a few months from now.





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General Forecast Through Tuesday Night

Franklin Area

Today

20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow showers between 11pm and 1am. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with lows in the mid 20s. Calm winds in the evening increasing to come out of the north 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper teens. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 40s.

Friday Night

A chance of rain or freezing rain before midnight, then rain. Lows around 30. Chance of precipitation is 90%.



`Highlands Plateau

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph early in the morning shifting to come out of the southwest by midmorning.

Tonight

A chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm, then a chance of snow showers between 8pm and 1am. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northeast after midnight.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 30s.

Friday Night

A chance of rain or freezing rain before midnight, then rain. Lows in the upper 20s. Chance of precipitation is 100%.



Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

A 20 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with highs in the upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow showers between 11pm and 1am. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with lows in the mid 20s. Light and variable winds increasing to come out of the north 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Friday Night

A chance of rain or freezing rain before midnight, then rain. Lows around 30. Chance of precipitation is 90%.



Nantahala Area

Today

Increasing clouds, with highs in the mid 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers between midnight and 1am. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid 20s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 40s.

Friday Night

Rain, mainly after 10pm. Lows around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 100%.



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Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Light snow may occur for a short time tonight and Thursday morning as a low pressure system tracks south of the region. Accumulation is not currently expected, but the forecast still could change.


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Record Weather Events for January 3rd

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

Highest Temperature 69°F in Franklin in 2004
Lowest Temperature -9°F in Highlands in 1979
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.53 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1944
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.5 inches in Highlands in 1914

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











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On This Day

January 4th is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 361 days remain until the end of the year (362 in leap years).

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Published at 5:00am on Wednesday, January 03, 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/2024/01/wx20240103.html


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