Winter Storm Warning canceled, but black ice possible overnight in the higher elevations


    Photo: Kathy Kirkland

    The Winter Storm Warning for Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford, McDowell, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties has been canceled.

    The Winter Weather Advisory for Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Madison, Northern Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Laurens, Union and Cherokee Counties was also cancelled, at 9:30 a.m.

    Nevertheless, when temperatures fall below freezing, be cautious when traveling. Numerous trees and power lines have come down overnight due to ice accretion, and more could fall until ice begins to melt.

    Our chance for additional freezing precipitation has mostly moved east and south of the mountains, but some areas could still see some freezing drizzle or fog through the early morning hours.

    Wrap-around moisture from the northwest looks to fire up a round of scattered showers in the afternoon hours, mostly in the northern mountains. Most of what falls Sunday will fall as rain, expect for the higher elevations which could see a sleet and snow mix, but mostly above 5000 feet.

    Showers look to continue overnight, mainly along the Tennessee border, which a gradual change over to either freezing drizzle or light snow. Only expecting a dusting to half an inch of snow for those that see it, expect for the highest NW facing slopes, which could see an inch or two.

    Black ice will be possible into Monday morning, mostly in the foothills and elevations above 3500 feet.

    A few light showers or snow flurries could continue into Monday morning before gradually tapering off into the afternoon, through most will stay dry Monday as skies try to clear.

    Mostly sunny conditions and more mild temperatures return by Tuesday, with highs in the low 50s by Wednesday.

    A chance for showers returns by Thursday.

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