Friday Weather Latest: What to expect in the next couple of days
7 p.m. Update:
A Winter Storm Warning from 12PM Saturday until 12PM Monday for Western North Carolina. Significant snow & wintry mix are expected in these areas, with most seeing 10-18 inches but snow totals can vary greatly in mixed terrain.
We’re still expecting a major winter storm to impact the area this weekend but Friday will still be mostly dry and chilly.
Clouds gradually increase Friday as temperatures stay cooler than average into the afternoon with highs mostly in the mid 40s. Lows tonight drop to near freezing for most in the mountains but the rain mostly looks to hold off until after midnight in WNC, with most models showing precipitation staying in Northern Georgia until early Saturday.
The forecast for the rest of the weekend remains quite complicated with precipitation gradually spreading across the mountains Saturday morning with a mix of mostly rain but some light snow and sleet will be possible as well with mostly rain Saturday in the Upstate.
The heaviest precipitation is anticipated late Saturday through the evening on Sunday with snow expected for most in the mountains, with a mix for the far western counties and even some in Madison County. Snow totals will vary greatly on location but for the areas in the Winter Storm Warning, most should generally expect 10-16” of snow.
Most models now show the snow and rain coming to an end early Monday, but some is still possible into early Monday afternoon.
The forecast will continue to evolve over the next 24 hours and there is still a lot of variability possible with this storm. Stay with News 13 for the latest forecast and live coverage.
12 p.m. Update
(AP) - As North Carolina prepares for a winter storm the governor calls "the real thing," he has activated the National Guard plans to declare a state of emergency.
Gov. Roy Cooper said at a briefing Friday that the impacts from the weekend storm will vary across the state, with forecasters calling for up to 18 inches of snow in the mountains and possible flooding at the coast. He says a storm of this magnitude is rare so early in the season.
Officials expect precipitation to begin in the west Saturday morning and move eastward through the day. The heaviest precipitation is expected Sunday.
Officials expect travel to be treacherous and de-icing operations are underway in more than 60 counties. Cooper warns residents to prepare to stay put for a few days.
One more dry and chilly day in the mountains before a strong winter storm moves in on Saturday.
The Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning for much of the region in Western North Carolina. The areas include, Avery, Yancey, Mitchell, Buncombe, Transylvania, Henderson, Caldwell Mountains, Burke Mountains, McDowell Mountains, Rutherford Mountains and Polk Mountains. Including the cities of Ingalls, Banner Elk, Newland, Swiss, Burnsville, Celo, Micaville, Ramseytown, Busick, Spruce Pine, Poplar, Asheville, Brevard, Cedar Mountain, Little River, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Dana, East Flat Rock, Tuxedo, Etowah, Patterson, Jonas Ridge, Ashford, Sugar Hill, Woodlawn, Old Fort, and Saluda.
Heavy snow is expected in these areas late Saturday through midday Monday.
The National Weather Service is telling parts of North Carolina to expect a major winter storm during the weekend and last into next week.
Forecasters at the weather service office in Raleigh say the storm moving across the Southeast brings a high likelihood of wintry precipitation and significant impacts to central North Carolina.
According to the weather service, travel will be hazardous where the wintry precipitation is expected, especially on Sunday. There is also the threat of power outages as soggy soil, accumulation of snow and ice and gusty winds could bring down trees and take power lines with them.
The greatest snow amounts are expected in northwestern areas of the state. To the east, up to 2 inches of rain is possible and could lead to localized flooding.
Snow totals will generally range from 10 to 20", with more than 2 feet possible for areas north and east of Asheville.