Sandy the Superstorm: Afternoon Update - FOX Carolina 21

Sandy the Superstorm: Afternoon Update

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Here's a brief rundown of what we're expecting for western NC and the Upstate/NE GA:

-          Snow will begin in earnest during this evening and tonight across western NC.

-          By Tuesday morning, most roads will be icy from Asheville northward.  Watch for isolated slick to the south.

-          4-10 inches of snow will be possible, with highest amounts falling in the northern mountains near TN.  A foot of snow can't be ruled out above 3,500 ft. 

-          Flurries could dive as far south as the northern Upstate, but no road problems are expected.

-          Wind will be very dangerous, gusting to 50-60 mph in the mountains and 40-45mph in the Upstate.  Winds should die down tomorrow afternoon and evening

-          Overnight lows will be below freezing in the mountains, creating hazardous road conditions.  In the Upstate lows will drop to the mid 30s, but the wind should keep frost from developing tonight.  Tomorrow night we'll be looking at lighter winds and a greater frost threat in the lower elevations.

Sandy should make landfall between 6-7pm tonight.  This will be a historic storm for the entire eastern U.S.  It will most likely make landfall in south Jersey, bringing high storm surge, winds up to 90 mph, inland flooding, and therefore power outages, loss of major transportation and communication.  It will be a storm that we'll all watch with bated breath as it makes landfall and lingers around the northeast. 

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