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The Storm That Surprised Us All (1.5 Foot Totals)!!!

Published: 12.9.17 10:30am

Good Morning Folks! Preaching to the choir here but we are now winding down this whopper of a snowstorm, with totals ranging from 7 – 18”, possibly exceeding 20” in a few localized areas. The running (will be updated all day) snow totals for the region can be found at the bottom of the discussion. As you can see if you look out your window (as of 10:15am) clouds are beginning to thin and soon will give way to sunshine. Don’t get too excited as more snow is on the way for this evening, however this second round will be much lighter than the first. Sunshine then returns tomorrow and hangs around through Monday with temps rising ever so slowly, but enough to help melt the dumping of snow we just were dealt. Then on Tuesday a cold front will another round of cold behind the front, swings through the region, dropping light amounts of snow (mainly for the TN line). Sunshine then sets back up for Wednesday into late next week, although temps will be below normal and rival the cold snap we are currently dealing with. All in all, a few shots of snow surrounded by sunny day with temps ever so slowly climbing to near normal levels. 

The clouds clearing within the hour will allow the snow to melt a good bit, however it being a wet snow it may take a while, so be careful when driving as shaded areas will remain snow covered with temps in the mid 20’s – mid 30’s depending upon elevation. Clouds will develop this afternoon ahead of the second round of snow that will mainly affect the TN line area. We do think all of SW NC will see snow fall as the systems swings across the region, turning the overall flow from the southeast to the northwest. This system should drop anywhere from 1 – 2” along the TN line to a dusting up to an inch for the rest of SW NC (less as you head closer to the TN line). Temps tonight will be frigid and likely the coldest of the season as they dip into the upper single digits – mid teens depending upon elevation. Be aware that winds will pick up out of the NW through the day and peak overnight, gusting up to 40mph, which will bring wind chill values close to 10 degrees below zero! 

Snow showers wind down by sunrise on Sunday with flurries lingering into the morning hours, however all of SW NC should be under sunshine by midday, allowing temps to reach the low 30’s – low 40’s. Temps settle back into the low – upper 20’s Sunday night under clear skies; perhaps even colder if winds die down. 

Monday through Wednesday features sunshine to start the week, then a round of light snow showers Tuesday (alongside an increase in winds and dropping temps), clearing out by Wednesday to more sunshine that will last into late next week. Temps drop from the low 40’s – low 50’s Monday to the low 30’s – low 40’s Tuesday, taking their time to warm back up as Wednesday brings temps to the upper 20’s – mid 30’s. We’ll go into more detail about the Tuesday event tomorrow morning, however this should mainly impact the TN line. 

Overall, another round of snow tonight with sunshine slated for Sunday and Monday, followed by another light snow event Tuesday, then finally clearing out to sunshine mid week. ENJOY! 


Shin Deep Totals (as of 9am)
Cashiers/Highlands = 18"
Sky Valley, GA = 13" 
Maggie Valley = 12 - 14" 
Cullowhee = 9 - 11" 
Balsam = 12" 
Franklin = 11" 
Bryson City = 9 - 11" 
Cataloochee = 9 - 11"

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