Snowmageddon? It's early, but our crews are already tracking potential snow this weekend


You’ve probably already heard the rumors on social media, so here’s the latest.

Snow is looking likely for Western North Carolina starting Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Some models show the potential for a significant amount--more than six inches--of snow.

However, keep in mind that small changes in the track of the storm or temperatures will make a big difference when it comes to just what snow or rain the region will see, and how much.

We very likely will not know details until we’re within the 48-72-hour window. Until we get closer to Thursday or Friday, take any specifics you may see on social media, unless it’s from a trusted meteorologist, with a grain of salt.

As for Monday, it starts mostly sunny and mild once again, but high temperatures in the mountains should drop by 5 to 10 degrees from Sunday, mostly in the upper 50s and low 60s which is still above average.

Southwesterly winds shift to the northwest in the afternoon however, as a cold front arrives to cool things down Monday night into Tuesday.

As light moisture arrives with the cold, light snow flurries are possible starting around 9 or 10 p.m. Monday, continuing overnight into early Tuesday. Accumulations should be limited to those areas closest to the border and should be quite light, a dusting to half an inch.

Cold air sticks around for the middle of the week with another round of moisture expected late Tuesday into Wednesday. This second wave of moisture could bring a bit more snow though it should still be light and mostly limited to the northern counties.

Totals along peaks and ridge tops could reach an inch or two, with the mountain valleys mostly receiving a dusting.

Thursday and Friday look to be chilly but mostly dry, although some models hint at another light dusting Friday morning.

Stay on top of local weather here.

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