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NWS Special Weather Statement (Watauga County)

NWS Winter Storm Warning (Watauga County)

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Powder Horn Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 6:17PM

Wintry Mix Continuing

Snowfall totals across the High Country so far have generally been 2-5 inches. Sleet began becoming the dominant type of precipitation during the mid afternoon. Precipitation will return by evening with sleet and freezing drizzle accumulating and creating some icing problems. For details, see our March Ain't Over Snow Totals graphic.

A light wintry mix of precipitation will continue into Sunday before we clear out Monday. Temperatures will be below average early next week but will gradually warm to near average through the week. Rain should move in by late week.

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Hi: 41 Lo: 34

Cloudy; Wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain continuing overnight; Foggy; SE wind 5-10 mph, gusty SW at higher elev's

Hi: 41 Lo: 28

Cloudy; Light wintry mix of rain, freezing drizzle, and snow; East wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 47 Lo: 30

Partly cloudy; Chilly; SE wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 55 Lo: 40

Variably cloudy; Less chilly

Hi: 65 Lo: 48

Scattered clouds, increasing Wed. night; Warmer

Further Out

Thursday - Clouds; Showers, especially Thur. night; High in the upper 60s; Low in the upper 40s
Friday - Cloudy; Rain likely; High in the lower 60s; Low in the mid 30s

Forecast Discussion

If you thought you were going to do some yardwork this weekend, think again because Mother Nature has invited Old Man Winter to stay for a few days. With 2-5 inches of snow already on the ground, sleet and freezing rain will be the primary precipitation forms tonight and it could accumulate causing slick conditions. For details, see our March Ain't Over Snow Totals graphic.

The culprits in this winter scenario are a low pressure and its associated warm front moving southeast from the central Plains and a strong Canadian High pressure building down the east side of the Appalachians. The low will move across northern Georgia and SC and be out of our hair by Sunday evening. The High will stay entrenched though and keep us cool through Tuesday.

Warmer southerly winds will ahead of a slow moving cold front approaching western NC will give a taste of spring by mid week. That front should move through late week bringing us some rain and cooling us down.


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