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McDowell County Emergency Management
Thursday January 13th, 2022 :: 03:40 p.m. EST

Advisory

Winter Storm Watch until 08:00AM Monday

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches across the mountain valleys and extreme northeast Georgia, 8 to 12 inches along and near the Blue Ridge Escarpment, and upwards of 12 to 20 inches at elevations above 4000 feet, and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch possible.

* WHERE...Portions of upstate South Carolina, northeast Georgia and western North Carolina.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Monday morning.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation may begin as early as Saturday afternoon across parts of the mountains, and will increase in coverage and intensity late Saturday night with a changeover to all snow in most places. Most of the precipitation will fall as snow across the mountains and foothills of North Carolina, northeast Georgia, and Upstate South Carolina. The precipitation will taper off Sunday afternoon and evening, but snow will linger along the Tennessee border into Monday morning. Widespread black ice should be expected Monday morning, and may be a concern into the middle of the week. Later guidance may change snow amounts and will determine when a Warning is issued.

* AFFECTED AREAS: RABUN ... HABERSHAM ... AVERY ... MADISON ... YANCEY ... MITCHELL ... SWAIN ... HAYWOOD ... BUNCOMBE ... GRAHAM ... NORTHERN JACKSON ... MACON ... SOUTHERN JACKSON ... TRANSYLVANIA ... HENDERSON ... CALDWELL MOUNTAINS ... BURKE MOUNTAINS ... MCDOWELL MOUNTAINS ... RUTHERFORD MOUNTAINS ... POLK MOUNTAINS ... OCONEE MOUNTAINS ... PICKENS MOUNTAINS ... GREENVILLE MOUNTAINS

Instructions:

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.

Address/Location
McDowell County Emergency Management
41 S Garden St
Marion, NC 28752

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 828-652-3241

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Alert Details

Severity:
Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Urgency:
Future - Responsive action SHOULD be taken in the near future
Certainty:
Possible (p <= ~50%)
Category:
Meteorological (inc. flood)
Event:
Winter Storm Watch

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