Forecast on Jan. 17th, 2019
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 1 pm Thursday until 1 am Friday for Avery County. Snow and sleet accumulations could reach an inch causing hazardous driving conditions.
An approaching storm system brings a chance for rain and a light wintry mix to the mountains today. A stronger storm system is on track to arrive this weekend with a blast of arctic air.
Temperatures are off to a chilly start on Thursday in the upper 20s in the mountains, although they are slightly above average for this time of year.
Cloud cover is working its way through the Western Carolinas ahead of an approaching weak frontal system which brings a chance for rain and a light wintry mix from the early afternoon through the evening.
Expect partly cloudy to partly sunny skies before noon, with mostly cloudy skies for the rest of the day. The line of showers looks to arrive around noon for the far western counties like Cherokee and Swain, closer to 1:30 or 2 pm in Asheville, with a chance for scattered showers to continue into the evening. The clouds will likely keep some areas cold enough to see a light wintry mix in the early afternoon hours. Light sleet, freezing rain, and snow is possible in Yancey, Mitchell, and Avery counties, mostly in the higher elevations. Areas above 4500 feet elsewhere could also see some wintry precipitation. Accumulations look light so impacts should be limited. Areas above 5500 feet could see a few inches of snow.
Showers gradually clear out of the mountains overnight with some showers lingering in the Tennessee border counties into early Friday. Friday looks mostly dry, with partly cloudy to partly sunny skies and more mild temperatures.
A stronger storm system looks to arrive Saturday, with light showers possible in the morning. More moderate to heavy rain is likely in the evening and overnight into early Sunday.
Cold air quickly moves into the mountains through Sunday morning. If enough moisture lingers late Sunday morning into the afternoon, a round of snow is possible in the mountains. Models are keeping accumulations quite light at this point, with a few inches possible in the higher elevations along the Tennessee border.
There’s still time for the forecast to chance over the next 72 hours however so don’t be lulled into complacency by current forecasts. Either way, you can expect a blast of arctic air to arrive Sunday with gusty winds. Wind chills could be dangerously low by Monday morning.
Today's Record Temperatures