Good Friday afternoon to everyone across the region…our winter weather event continues as a strong fetch of gulf moisture is being transported northeast through the region, all a part of some upper level dynamics and a surface low in the Gulf of Mexico.
So far today there has been a good variation of snowfall amounts since the precipitation all started around daylight. Snowfall totals as of 5 pm are on average from 3-6 inches along the immediate Blue Ridge of McDowell, Burke, Caldwell and Rutherford Counties to amounts 1-3 inches from the South Carolina State Line northward toward Interstate 40. Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories remain in effect though Noon Saturday for those listed below…
A look at the model data shows what may evolve over the next several hours…the HRRR has been doing a great job in picking up on the precip and areas in which heavier rates are occurring. For northwest sections of the coverage area, rates have slowed down generally over the past couple hours but they will pick back up again this evening and last for a while.
Snow may continue to waiver in intensity at times but it should remain steadily falling until after well after midnight. The most recent data indicates that snowfall may continue for a good part of the region until after daybreak Saturday.
With that said here is an updated snow accumulation map through tomorrow morning, some of this has been adjusted to reflect amounts already verified in the coverage area. This map is a storm total expectation and NOT additional amounts based from the time of release.
And with that we’ll also increase the Winter Storm Index officially to Level 3 “Buy Milk and Bread" to cover for the expectation of later tonight and that all locations should have solid amounts of snow on the ground by morning.
Our weather team will be on top of this winter weather through the night, an updated briefing will occur late this evening around 11 pm…