Good Wednesday evening to everyone, the first winter weather event for the core sections of our coverage area looks to be on the doorstep. First off, we DO NOT see this being a major winter storm but the timing is there for some minor impacts for the Friday morning commute.
Below is a graphic with some of the key messages about this weather event coming up over the next 36 hours across the Western Carolinas.
Here's a breakdown of the timeline for Friday morning's freezing rain potential...for this update we are using guidance from the NAM 3 km short range model as we feel it has a decent handle on what could happen...
Friday 2 am
Friday 6 am
Friday 11 am
Right now we see ice accretion ranging from a trace - .10 in sections of Upper Cleveland and NW Lincoln Counties to ice amounts between .10 to .20 along the Blue Ridge Escarpment and in the South Mountains. Of course this is all subject to change dependent on the extent of moisture or cold air.
With this event inside of 36 hours we have placed the Winter Weather Index at Level 1, Social Media Talk.
Stay tuned for more updates on Thursday here at our website and on social media.