Winter Storm Watch – Jackson County

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URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
407 AM EST MON JAN 20 2014

…HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS POSSIBLE IN PORTIONS OF THE NORTH
CAROLINA MOUNTAINS BEGINNING TONIGHT…

.AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL PUSH ACROSS THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS
EARLY TOMORROW MORNING…FOLLOWED BY A STRONG UPPER LEVEL TROUGH.
MOIST WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN AGAINST THE WESTERN FACING SLOPES OF
THE MOUNTAINS ALONG THE BORDER BETWEEN TENNESSEE AND NORTH
CAROLINA…PRODUCING ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL WHICH IS LIKELY TO
BECOME HEAVY IN SOME AREAS. WHILE THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH IN
INTENSITY LATE TOMORROW…STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY
WEDNESDAY. THIS MAY CAUSE WIND CHILLS TO FALL BELOW ZERO.

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AVERY-MADISON-YANCEY-MITCHELL-SWAIN-HAYWOOD-GRAHAM-
NORTHERN JACKSON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…NEWLAND…SPRUCE PINE…BRYSON CITY…
WAYNESVILLE…SYLVA
407 AM EST MON JAN 20 2014

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE
TUESDAY NIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT
THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATIONS…THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS NEAR THE TENNESSEE
BORDER.

* HAZARDS…HEAVY SNOWFALL AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW
CAUSING TREACHEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ON ROADWAYS. STRONG WIND
GUSTS CAUSING A FEW TREES AND POWER LINES TO FALL.

* TIMING…SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN LATE TONIGHT…PEAKING IN COVERAGE
AND INTENSITY AROUND NOON TOMORROW…AND BEGINNING TO TAPER OFF
IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND GUSTS WILL BE STRONGEST DURING THE
AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF GENERALLY 2 TO 4
INCHES…WITH 5 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE IN THE HIGH ELEVATIONS OF
THE SMOKIES AND NORTH OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS.

* IMPACTS…BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL CAUSE ROADS TO BECOME
SLIPPERY OR IMPASSABLE…ESPECIALLY ON STEEP MOUNTAINS.
SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES MAY OCCUR DUE TO FALLEN ELECTRICAL
LINES.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S DURING THE DAY
TOMORROW…BUT PLUMMETING INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS BY DAYBREAK
WEDNESDAY.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF
WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS
CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GSP.

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