Ice build-up on cars and roads left many Ashevilleans immobile and housebound this morning. Photo by Hayley Benton

#Avl reacts: Western Carolina gets coated in ice, colder temperatur­es still to come

As grey skies turned to snow, snow turned to sleet, and sleet turned to ice pellets clinking across the windows of Western Carolinians, residents across the region turned to social media to document the ice storm that left many Ashevilleans housebound this morning, Tuesday, Feb. 17.

A layer of ice began to build up on the streets by mid-day Monday, leaving both pedestrians and drivers skidding along the sidewalks and streets. Over night, about 1,200 North Ashevilleans experienced power flickers and outages after heavy ice damaged Duke Energy equipment.

Photo by Flickr user Mycatkins

Cold, windy weather headed to WNC this weekend

With Sunday’s recorded high in Asheville reaching 69 degrees, it seemed as if Nibbles the groundhog, professional local meteorologist, had correctly predicted an early spring. But by mid-week, we’ll falling back into our winter groove, with possible snow flurries Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and temperatures dropping as low as 5 degrees Saturday night.

Though snow is not predicted for this week, temperatures dropping to 6 degrees will warrant the use of winter coats and mittens.

Cold front predicted to bring single digit-temperatures mid-week

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for multiple Western North Carolina counties Wednesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 8. “Wednesday, cold wave likely,” reads a passage from the NWS’s report. “An arctic airmass will settle Southward across the region starting Wednesday and persist into Friday. Temperatures will likely run 10 to […]

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Higher elevations expect light dusting of snow, ice overnight

According to the National Weather Service, the higher elevations of Western North Carolina (especially near the Tennessee border) should expect an inch or two of snow accumulation overnight and into the morning. Residents in the valley areas may see some snow Wednesday morning, but are mainly advised to watch for slick, icy roads. “The combination […]