Good evening, Foothills Weather Nation! We hope that this update finds you safe, warm, and with power. Let's discuss the current weather conditions.
This is the most recent update from the NWS GSP office:
"URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1036 PM EST Sun Dec 9 2018
...ADDITIONAL WINTER WEATHER IMPACTS EXPECTED FOR MUCH OF THE
AREA INTO MONDAY...
.Although heavy wintry precipitation has largely ended across the
area, some sleet and/or snow is expected to redevelop from the
northwest overnight. Light additional accumulation may cover some
roadways that had already been cleared. Pockets of freezing
temperatures will keep some roads treacherous through Monday
morning. Conditions will slowly dry out from the west on Monday
...Mixed precipitation continuing. Light freezing drizzle or
sleet likely will change mainly to light snow before dawn.
Additional accumulations of up to 2 inches of snow and sleet are
expected across the North Carolina mountains, with less than 1
inch across the Georgia and South Carolina mountains.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Power outages and tree damage are likely
due to the combination of recent heavy wet snow and ice. Travel
could be nearly impossible in many locations, especially where
temperatures remain below freezing. The hazardous conditions
should continue to impact the morning commute on Monday.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet
and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.
Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National
Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a
message with your observation and the specific location where it
occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather
Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report
using hashtag nwsgsp."
Above is the latest graphic from the NWS on reported snowfall totals as of 7 am this morning. As we know, the snow totals have climbed quite a bit since this was released as we have reports of 12-16 inches of snow in varying areas of McDowell County. We are not expecting much more if any snow from this point moving forward from winter storm Diego.
Listed below are the current snow totals per county:
Alexander: 17.5 inches
Burke: 15 inches
Caldwell: 18 inches
Catawba: 14 inches
Cleveland: 7.5 inches
Lincoln: 7.2 inches
McDowell: 18 inches
Rutherford: 13 inches
Snow wise, we are more or less done with the snow, but it is very important to note that we are not done with the precipitation as we expect sleet, freezing rain, and rain overnight tonight, moving straight to rain tomorrow morning into afternoon where we can expect the conditions to dry out.
The NWS predicts that we see pretty minimal to no ice accumulation as we go through our overnight hours tonight. While this may be true, the current road conditions are dangerous, terrible and are not improving despite the efforts of the DOT and the National Guard whose vehicles are getting stuck as they work on diligently through the night. Please do not leave your homes or drive unless you absolutely must.
See below for the currently reported closings:
Closed on Monday, December 10th, 2018
Alexander County Schools
Burke County Schools;
Caldwell County Schools;
Catawba County Schools;
Catawba Valley Community College
Cleveland County Schools;
Hickory City Schools;
Isothermal Community College;
Lincoln County Schools;
McDowell County Schools;
McDowell Technical Community College;
Rutherford County Schools;
Western Piedmont Community College;
Thank you for reading! Stay indoors, stay safe!