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NWS Winter Weather Advisory (Watauga County)

Current Conditions
Seven Devils

Temp: 30.4°F
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Seven Devils , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:47PM

A One-Two Punch of Snow

There were some wild predictions floating around about the snow today. Temperatures made this morning's snow very elevation dependent. We "held the line" on forecast accumulations (there's been some really outrageous stuff floating around social media, please learn to ignore that mindless forecast chatter).
Higher elevations (above 4000') ended up with several inches of snow, but most of the region didn't change over to snow until closer to sunrise. Temperatures remained marginal, inhibiting accumulations. The first round of precipitation has ended south of Boone and will end shortly for areas further north.
After a break early this evening, a trailing clipper-type low will spread another 1"-2" of snow across the region (maybe 3" on mountaintops). The second shot of snow arrives around midnight tonight with snow showers and flurries lingering through much of Thanksgiving Day. Click here for a slightly revised Forecast Snow Total Map.

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Hi: 36 Lo: 26

Snow showers redevelop after midnight tonight; NW wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 32 Lo: 20

Mostly to partly cloudy; Daytime snow showers & flurries; Colder; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty

Hi: 37 Lo: 23

Mostly sunny; Cold; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty early, diminishing in the PM

Hi: 46 Lo: 33

Scattered clouds; Cool

Hi: 55 Lo: 40

Partly cloudy; Seasonally pleasant

Further Out

Monday - Increasing clouds; Chance of rain showers late; High near 60 degrees; Low in the lower 40s
Tuesday - Cloudy; Cooler; Cannot rule out a shower or two; High in the upper 40s; Low in the upper 30s

Forecast Discussion

Bottom line on the event this morning... The coastal low tracked farther west than expected. It will hug the coast all the way into New England and Nova Scotia through tomorrow. That west drift allowed more precipitation into our region; however, it prevented cold air from arriving in time to make a big snow event for most of the Southern Appalachians.

But there will be some "winners"... Above 4000' rain changed to snow by 4AM this morning and many locations had a couple inches on the ground by sunrise. You'll hear of mountaintop accumulation reaching the inflated, silly chatter forecast totals. But for most of the region ended up with light accumulations: 1-4 generally, less below 2800' and more above 4000'.

Well, the second punch swings in tonight... A clipper low raced out of the Northern Plains today and will pass through the Southern Appalachians early Thursday morning. It will be colder and the precipitation will be all snow. Snow and snow showers develop after midnight tonight; then expect snow showers and flurries for much of Thanksgiving Day. Most of the region will pick up another 1"-2", less right along the Blue Ridge, a tad more on western mountaintops.

Friday through noon Monday, high pressure will be in control as it moves from the Western Great Lakes southeast across our region. Temperatures will be cold Friday, then gradually moderate Saturday through Monday.

The next front arrives Monday evening with the chance of a rain shower or two late Monday and Monday night. Tuesday, high pressure to our north wedges down the Appalachians producing clouds, cooler temperatures, and the slight chance for a rain shower.


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