We have good news this morning as the thunderstorm-wind damage threat has diminished.
Also, the bulk of the heaviest rain has moved east, but many towns have picked up more than 2" of rain during the last 12-hours and some areas have received 3-4". These lofty totals in addition to the 1" totals from Monday have caused soils to saturate quickly. Saturated soils have made tree-root systems unstable and to make matters worse... consistent, gusty winds this morning have brought trees down in some locations leading to power outages. We are hearing that power crews are working hard to restore electricity in many locations.
Also, even though the heaviest rain have come to and end, rivers and streams continue to rise and flood their banks in some places. A River Flood Warning has been posted for the French Broad River system in Henderson and Transylvania county until Thursday afternoon. Also, an Urban & Small Stream Flood Advisory has been issued for Cherokee, Union, Spartanburg and Laurens counties until 11:00AM today. Click here for the full statement from the NWS.
Western NC temperatures will remain in the 40s for many towns this morning, then drop into the 30s and some 20s tonight as off/on snow showers develop in the high elevations. There will be some light accumulations along the ridge tops, but the relatively brief and inconsistent nature of the snowfall shouldn't cause many problems on area roads other than some slippery side roads and back roads. NC scattered snow showers will come to and end by Thursday morning.
Upstate temperatures have warmed into the 50s for many towns on Wednesday morning and even some low 60s in the southern Upstate this morning. We normally have the warmest temperatures in the middle of the day, but that's not happening today! By afternoon, a strong cold front will pass and cause temperatures to fall into the 40s late this afternoon... then 30s overnight as our sky turns mostly clear by Thursday morning and the breezy conditions calm down.
If you have travel plans tomorrow (Thursday), the roads will have dried out as sunshine and a clear sky with cold conditions will be the focus Thursday morning.