National Weather Service issues winter storm warning for Buncombe County starting Saturday night

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Buncombe County from 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 until 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. The NWS predicts snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with 6 to 8 inches possible at elevations above 5,000 feet.

The heaviest snow is predicted to fall during the pre-dawn hours on Sunday. Temperatures will be in the 20s on Saturday night, but will rise above freezing on Sunday.

Weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service:

Winter Storm Warning
Weather Updated: Mar 10 3:33PM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Buncombe County, North Carolina

WINTER STORM WARNING FROM 7PM EST SAT UNTIL 11AM EDT SUN …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM EST SATURDAY TO 11 AM EDT SUNDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM EST SATURDAY TO 11 AM EDT SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * LOCATIONS…THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA. * HAZARDS…HEAVY SNOW. * TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS SATURDAY AFTERNOON, DROPPING TO THE LOWER ELEVATIONS SATURDAY NIGHT, WITH THE HEAVIEST PERIOD IN THE PRE- DAWN HOURS SUNDAY. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY NOON SUNDAY. * ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES, WITH SOME 6 TO 8 INCH TOTALS AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET. * IMPACTS…THE HEAVY SNOW WILL CREATE SNOW COVERED ROADS AND PRODUCE SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES. * TEMPERATURES…IN THE 20S SATURDAY NIGHT, RECOVERING ABOVE FREEZING ON SUNDAY. * WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD, AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. PLEASE REPORT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS 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.

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