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Snow Thursday Night and again Saturday Night

Published: 2.1.18 4:35pm

Good Afternoon Folks! As most of us already know, snow is on the way and we will dive into the details here shortly, but let’s take a step back and look at the next handful of days across the region. A front moves through tonight, kicking rain to snow for the area with a breezy and cold setup tomorrow to round out the work and school week. Clouds return Saturday with wintry precip developing Saturday night and lasting through most of the day Sunday, however this second event will be highly dependent upon location and elevation. NW flow snow showers linger into Monday for the TN line while the rest of us enjoy sunshine, however temps take till Tuesday to return to the 50’s, so plan for a chilly and times cold next couple of days. 

Now to meat of the forecast. The front as of 4:30pm is in middle TN and migrating east, with temps crashing on the back end, causing snow to develop for several hours across middle and soon to be E TN. The timeline will unfold with showers moving into the region this evening, sometime around 6 – 7pm and transitioning over to snow from the top down around 9 – 10pm, with all snow for the entire region past midnight. Several inches are likely along the TN line with Mt. LeConte possibly picking up 3 – 6”, however those of us in the valleys are likely to pick up a dusting up to an inch. Temps plummet into the low 20’s for most of the region, increasing the possibility for black ice by morning as wet roadways linger as colder temps pour into the region. 

The front is fast moving so sunny skies will be overhead by the mid morning hours Friday, while light snow and flurries linger along the TN line through midday. Temps tomorrow only reach the low 20’s – mid 30’s and plummet back into the upper teens – low 20’s Friday night under clear skies. Layer up tomorrow as NW winds remain steady around 10 – 20mph throughout the area, reminding everyone that winter is still ongoing. 

Saturday through Monday features a second winter weather event, however this one will be complex as we have high pressure setting up a cold air mass Saturday across the region, capped by increasing clouds from the SW. For those new to the area, you’ll quickly realize the magnitude of the Great Balsams (mountain range splitting Jackson and Haywood counties) as they tend to block or in some instances, trap cold air from entering or escaping the sheltered valleys in SW NC. This may translate to more winter weather for those in Henderson and Haywood counties, while Jackson, Macon and Swain counties deal with a wintry mix turning over to rain. At this point in time (likely to change as we near the weekend) it looks like light – moderate snow with some sleet and freezing rain develops Saturdays night and continues through the day on Sunday, eventually kicking over to rain for some locations, however the ridgelines above 5000’ are likely to stay all snow or sleet. NW flow sets up as the disturbance turns NE, allowing light snow to continue along the TN line Monday, while sunshine establishes itself across the rest of SW NC. Temps Saturday rise to the mid 30’s – low 40’s and climb to the upper 30’s – mid 40’s Monday, cooling off a handful of degrees by Monday. Stay tuned for more details as we lead up to this event. 

Monday through the middle of next week will feature sunshine and temps eventually climbing to the low 40’s – mid 50’s. 

Overall, snow and possible black ice tonight, breezy and cold tomorrow, increasing clouds Saturday followed by wintry precip Saturday night into Sunday and then sunny skies with warmer temps develop Monday into the middle of next week. ENJOY! 


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