Good Friday evening to everyone…we continue to monitor the winter weather across the Western Carolinas. Needless to say this has been quite the interesting storm not only here in North Carolina but all across the Southeast US. Some locations very far south have picked up some rare December snowfall over the past 24 hours…
Snowfall amounts here in our eight county coverage area has varied quite a bit. Those along the immediate Blue Ridge have picked up the most snowfall with totals decreasing as you go south and east.
Here is a roundup of snowfall as of late Friday evening…
Taylorsville: 4 inches
Oak Hill: 6.5 inches
Salem: 6 inches
Icard: 5.5 inches
Morganton: 3.6 inches
Gamewell: 6 inches
Granite Falls: 5 inches
Little Switzerland: 10 inches
Old Fort: 8 inches
Pleasant Gardens: 6 inches
Marion: 5 inches
Lincolnton 2.5 inches
Chimney Rock: 5 inches
Bostic: 2.5 inches
Even though we have a reduction in moisture over the past couple hours we are not completely done with the snow for tonight…low pressure has developed and is moving up the Southeast coastline however upper level energy that is powering this storm system is moving through the deep south tonight and will lift northeast and merge with the tail end of the moisture in the Carolinas.
In terms of the forecast locally, periods of snow and snow showers will pick up again after midnight and then last through the early morning hours of Saturday. Computer model data shows this moisture and the storm finally lifting out late Saturday morning.
Additional snowfall amounts of 1-3 inches are possible overnight, especially along the Interstate 40 Coridoor and where any banding features may set up.
In this final update for the evening no changes will be made to our snow forecast map or Winter Weather Index…it will stay at Level III for the overnight hours.
Temperatures region-wide will hover around the freezing mark through daybreak Saturday making roads at least slushy in spots.
Stay with the Foothills Weather Network for the latest weather information, Chief Meteorologist Chris White will have our next briefing tomorrow morning…