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Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, December 7, 2018

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Outlook

Canadian high pressure will remain across the region and hold temperatures below normal through Friday. A strong winter storm will push into the forecast area Saturday and slowly move east through early next week.

Stay tuned to local weather sources to keep up to date with changes in the forecast. Official information on weather advisories, watches, and warnings from the National Weather Service is available online at is.gd/MACONWARN

If it does snow, sleet, ice or freezing rain does fall in our area, please be mindful of safety, and consider leaving early so you can drive at a safe speed. You might also consider canceling travel plans and stay off the roads so the NCDOT can better clear the roads.

THREE DAY GFS FORECAST

This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.


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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today. There is a potential for a wintry event this weekend. You should make preparations today in case it does happen. Macon County is under a Winter Storm Watch from Saturday afternoon through Monday morning, a copy of which follows:



Winter Storm Watch

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
936 PM EST Thu Dec 6 2018

MAJOR WINTER STORM ACROSS THE REGION THIS WEEKEND

.Cold high pressure along the East Coast will interact with a moist low-pressure system moving out of the Gulf of Mexico Saturday night into Sunday. Moderate to heavy precipitation will fall as a mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the region. Accumulations are expected to be greatest in western North Carolina.

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING

* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 8 inches are possible. Ice accumulations up to two-tenths of an inch are also possible.

* WHERE…The mountains and foothills of western North Carolina, along and west of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The highest snow and sleet accumulations are expected to be at high elevations along the Escarpment.

* WHEN…From Saturday afternoon through Monday morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could become very difficult or even impossible. Road conditions could deteriorate as early as Saturday night, with highway travel continuing to be impacted through early next week. Widespread, prolonged power outages are possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.



Now is the time to make preparations for potential power outages. You should always be prepared to be without electrical service for 72 hours.

FEMA has a good guide to preparing for ice storms and tips also apply to snow storms. [LINK]

Stay tuned to local weather sources to keep up to date with changes in the forecast. Official information on weather advisories, watches, and warnings from the National Weather Service is available online at is.gd/MACONWARN


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
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FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high in the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain after 2am, mixing with freezing rain after 5am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

A chance of rain or freezing rain before 8am, then rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near the upper 30s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Saturday Night

Rain before midnight, then rain or freezing rain between midnight and 4am, then freezing rain after 4am. Low around freezing. Winds out of the east wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday

Freezing rain before 8am, then sleet between 8am and 2pm, then rain likely after 2pm. High near 35. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain and snow before 9pm, then a chance of rain between 9pm and 1am, then a chance of snow after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


OTTO AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of rain after midnight. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 35. Calm winds.

Saturday

Rain likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near the upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Rain before 5am, then rain or freezing rain. Low around freezing. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday

Freezing rain before 8am, then sleet between 8am and 2pm, then rain likely after 2pm. High near 35. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday Night

Rain and snow likely before 3am, then rain likely between 3am and 5am, then snow likely after 5am. Cloudy, with a low around freezing. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain between 1am and 3am, then a slight chance of sleet after 3am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around freezing. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

A chance of freezing rain and sleet before 10am, then rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Winds out of the east around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night

Freezing rain and sleet, becoming all sleet after 11pm. Low around the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the east 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday

Freezing rain and sleet before 2pm, then snow and sleet between 2pm and 3pm, then sleet likely after 3pm. High near freezing. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday Night

Sleet likely before 7pm, then snow likely between 7pm and 9pm, then freezing rain likely after 9pm. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near the low-to-mid 40s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain before 3am, then a slight chance of rain or freezing rain between 3am and 5am, then a slight chance of freezing rain after 5am. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around freezing. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday

A slight chance of freezing rain before 7am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain between 7am and 9am, then rain likely after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Saturday Night

Rain before 9pm, then rain or freezing rain between 9pm and 3am, then freezing rain after 3am. Low around 30. Winds out of the east 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday

Freezing rain before 8am, then sleet. High near 35. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday Night

Rain likely before midnight, then a chance of rain or freezing rain between midnight and 3am, then snow likely after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Macon County Almanac for December 7, 2018

Highest Temperature 74°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1998
Lowest Temperature 0°F in Highlands in 1937
Greatest Rainfall 3.98 inches in Highlands in 1909
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1900


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Published at 2:25 am on December 7, 2018



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