After causing excitement for some kids on Christmas, travel headaches for others and dangerous severe weather, the massive Christmas Day-Dec 26 storm will be exiting off the east coast tonight into tomorrow. It is bringing us strong winds for this evening and tonight, along with mountain snow. Madison, Yancey and Mitchell counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory for tonight because 1-4 inches of snow is expected to accumulate, causing some travel headaches for Thursday morning.
We really lucked out with the severe weather element of this storm. All throughout Christmas Day, video was being tweeted and posted of tornadoes in south Alabama and storm damage in south Texas. I rode out some nasty storms in Texas before getting on a flight yesterday to come home to South Carolina. We flew over the storms in Mississippi and Alabama, and the turbulence was UNREAL! Once the storms reached us very early this morning, they had weakened and encountered slightly more stable air here. Therefore, we got some drenching rain and localized flooding, but no severe weather issues. Totals of 1.5-2" of rain were common area-wide!
We'll briefly see clearing tomorrow, but clouds will build right back in as moisture increases from the southwest. Our next good chance for rain will be Friday night into Saturday, and we'll be watching for a mix of precipitation in the mountains.