National Weather Service issues ‘Winter Storm Warning’ for WNC

The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Storm Warning” for much of Western North Carolina, including Asheville and Buncombe County. The agency is predicting 2-5 inches of snow, sleet and ice, creating hazardous travel conditions.

It predicts the winter precipitation will begin at about 7 p.m. this evening, continuing overnight.

Here’s the full alert from the National Weather Service:

SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM EXPECTED TO IMPACT PORTIONS OF WESTERN
NORTH CAROLINA TONIGHT AND EARLY FRIDAY…

.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPING OVER THE NORTHEASTERN GULF OF
MEXICO WILL MOVE OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST THIS EVENING.
PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE TO OVERSPREAD THE REGION THROUGH THE
EVENING. AS THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM INTENSIFIES OFF THE SOUTHEAST
COAST TONIGHT…COOLER AIR WILL SURGE DOWN FROM HIGH PRESSURE OVER
NEW ENGLAND. THE COOLER AIR WILL ALLOW THE PRECIPITATION TO CHANGE
OVER TO A WINTRY MIX ACROSS MUCH OF THE MOUNTAINS…PIEDMONT…AND
FOOTHILLS OF NORTH CAROLINA. THE PRECIPITATION SHOULD CHANGE TO
RAIN ON FRIDAY MORNING BEFORE ENDING.

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON
EST FRIDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN…WHICH
IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST FRIDAY. THIS
REPLACES THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY.

* LOCATIONS…THE EASTERN BLUE RIDGE ESCARPMENT…AND THE NORTHERN
FOOTHILLS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

* HAZARDS…HEAVY SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS TONIGHT…THEN
POSSIBLE LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATION FRIDAY MORNING.

* TIMING…SNOW AND SLEET WILL DEVELOP OVER THE AREA DURING EARLY
TO MID EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE MAINLY TO SLEET
DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS…POSSIBLY CHANGING TO FREEZING
RAIN BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL RAIN BY LATE FRIDAY MORNING.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 5 INCHES… ALONG
WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.

* IMPACTS…SLIPPERY ROADS DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF SNOW…
SLEET… AND ICE.

* TEMPERATURES…LOWS IN THE LOWER 30S.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

Instructions: A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW… SLEET…AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. GUSTY WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. PLEASE REPORT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS…AS WELL AS ANY DAMAGE TO TREES OR STRUCTURES…BY CALLING THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT…1…800…2 6 7…8 1 0 1. LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH YOUR OBSERVATION AND THE SPECIFIC LOCATION WHERE IT OCCURRED. YOU CAN ALSO POST YOUR REPORT TO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE SPARTANBURG FACEBOOK OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG NWSGSP. 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.

Target Area:

Avery
Buncombe
Burke Mountains
Caldwell Mountains
Eastern McDowell
Greater Burke
Greater Caldwell
Henderson
McDowell Mountains
Mitchell
Polk Mountains
Rutherford Mountains
Transylvania
Yancey

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