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NWS Winter Weather Advisory (Watauga County)

NWS High Wind Warning (Watauga County)

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Valle Crucis , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, January 17, 2022 at 11:43AM

Roaring Wind

Snow reports across the region vary vary greatly. Sleet and now wind make accurate measurements almost impossible. I "think" most of the region picked up 6"-12", and we are not finished with this storm.

A strong surface low is moving NE through New England today; plus, a disturbance is aimed at the Southern Appalachians in the ferocious NW flow around the surface low. We have strong winds today with snow showers and flurries. Snow showers will last into this evening. Expect another dusting (east near the Blue Ridge) to 4" (west near the TN/NC border) before it ends. We have partial clearing Tuesday and some temperature moderation by Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday has increasing clouds with rain developing Wednesday night.


Hi: 29 Lo: 17

Mostly cloudy; Snow showers ending during the evening; NW wind 15-25 mph with gusts to 60 mph, slightly less windy tonight

Hi: 38 Lo: 27

Partly cloudy; Seasonably cold; NW wind 5-15 mph becoming SW Tue. night

Hi: 47 Lo: 30

Increasing clouds; Light rain developing Wed. night; SW wind 5-15 mph, becoming NW late Wed. night

Hi: 36 Lo: 14

Generally cloudy; Early AM light rain or snow showers possible, ending as flurries; Colder

Hi: 22 Lo: 14

Mostly cloudy; Even colder; Light snow possible in the afternoon and at night

Further Out

Saturday - Early light snow or flurries possible; Then clearing; Cold; High in the lower 30s; Low in the upper teens
Sunday - Scattered clouds; Still rather cold; High in the lower 30s; Low in the upper teens

Forecast Discussion

A potent surface low is moving NE through New England today. We are in a strong NW flow around that low. Add a disturbance headed into the Southern Appalachians from the Ohio Valley. We have a raw, cold, windy, blowing snow, and snow showery day. Snow showers continue into tonight. Expect another 4" or so of new accumulation at favored high elevations near the TN/NC line, but only a dusting near the Blue Ridge. 1"-2" will be common in between.

We have a break Tuesday through the daytime Wednesday with slowly moderating temperatures. The next front arrives late Wednesday night. Clouds increase Wednesday afternoon, and mostly light rain comes Wednesday night. Precipitation may linger briefly into early Thursday and end as flurries.

Thursday is colder with breaks in the clouds by afternoon.

Friday, a disturbance forms along the front to our southeast. It will spread clouds northward back into our area. Computer guidance varies greatly on how much precipitation reaches us Friday afternoon into Saturday. I took the middle road with light snow forming Friday afternoon, continuing Friday night, and ending early Saturday. We'll have to wait another day or two before we get more clarity on this system. Regardless of precipitation, count on Friday being very cold and Saturday being cold. Clouds decrease late Saturday. Sunday has scattered clouds and cold (but slightly less cold) temperatures with high pressure entered in the Southeast.


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