Good morning! It's another busy day in the weather center - although we're not seeing the devastating/significant effects of Sandy like folks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, we are still dealing with plenty of issues from the massive, now post-tropical storm. We'll break down the forecast details one-by-one below.
WINDS: High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories will continue through midnight tonight, mostly in WNC Counties. Wind gusts of 40-60 mph are likely through the Mountains, while Upstate wind gusts will range between 30 and 45 mph. These gusts could take down some trees and power lines (especially when working in combination with the heavy, wet snow in the Mountains).
SNOW: Snow showers will continue today and tonight through WNC, particularly in areas near the TN border. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories continue until 6 AM Wednesday - after that point snow showers will begin to taper off. Final accumulations of 1-2" are likely in WWA counties, while WSW counties will see general accumulations of 3-6" with isolated totals up to 8 or even 10 inches. Watch for slick roadways, and again, downed trees and power outages could occur due to the heavy, wet nature of the snow and the gusty winds.
ISOLATED UPSTATE SHOWER: Upstate areas have seen a few spotty showers this morning, and we'll hold on to that chance through the day. I won't rule out a snowflake or very light flurry in the NW corner of the Upstate (Mountains of Pickens, Oconee and Greenville Counties) but we will not see any problems or accumulations of snow in the Upstate.
TEMPS: Temperatures will remain cold today, as highs will only rise into the low and mid 50s in the Upstate. Highs in the Mountains will only hit 40 degrees at best... but keep in mind, the strong winds will make it feel colder. And the cloudy skies overhead will only add to the chilly feel of the day.
FIRE DANGER: Gusty winds and relatively dry air across the Upstate and a few parts of WNC will enhance the risk of wildfire. Avoid any outdoor burning, as it will be very difficult to control or put out a fire once it's started.
Here is a look at the latest snowfall reports coming in from the NWS at GSP. These were released at 6:30 AM (although the time of the report - as well as additional info - is included after the measurement).
1 E FLAT SPRINGS - 1.0 700 AM 10/29
3 ENE LINVILLE 0.4 1100 AM 10/29
3 NW LEICESTER - 3.0 545 AM 10/30 SOCIAL MEDIA