Another Winter Storm is on the way for Western NC, The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from 1 a.m - 7 p.m. Tuesday for Avery, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Swain, Haywood, Buncombe, Macon, Transylvania, Henderson and Graham, Cherokee, and Clay Counties in WNC. Also affected are Northern Jackson and Southern Jackson County, the mountains of Caldwell, Burke, McDowell, Rutherford and Polk Counties.
WHAT: An Alberta Clipper will bring moderate to heavy snowfall to parts of NC Monday night through Midnight Tuesday. Temperatures will fall rapidly and snow could fall through the morning, with precipitation likely tapering off in the afternoon. A brief period of moderate to heavy snow will occur in parts of the mountains of North Carolina
Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts of 6 inches in the higher terrain possible.
(1-2) The foothills and Valleys will see generally 1-2" thus a winter storm watch is not in effect.
(2-5) All areas in light blue will see generally 2-5" with highest amounts in the higher elevations towns and mountains.
(6+) Ridgetops of the Smokies and Balsams may see 4 to 6 inches of snow, with slightly higher amounts on the highest ridges.
TIMING: Monday will be manly dry and clear for most of the day with some light snow Monday night
-Tuesday the mountains and extreme western areas will see snow by sunrise Tuesday and it will move east throughout the day. The heaviest snow will fall during the afternoon and evening mainly in the mountains. Rain will also mix in.
IMPACTS: The snow combined with cold air could lead to snow covered roads, especially on less traveled roads. Black ice is expected Wednesday morning in areas that receive less snow. Strong and gusty winds could also lead to some downed trees and power outages. Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. A flash freeze is possible in some high elevation areas, meaning wet roads may quickly become icy and slippery.
Triad, Charlotte metro and Central NC could also see some very light snow Tuesday night into Wednesday, stay tuned for more updates tonight. Due to message problems on the website please message on the Facebook Page North Carolina's Weather Authority