Good morning! It's a VERY warm start to our Wednesday, as temperatures have been holding in the low to mid 60s. If you've been outside at all, you feel the muggier air - and winds have been increasing as well. The cold front (that will bring our storm threat later in the day) has been causing severe weather off to our west through the overnight and early morning hours... and we're keeping an eye on a Tornado Watch that has been posted for counties just west of here through 1 PM.
Here is the latest on today's forecast/threats/etc:
- Rain showers will continue off-and-on through the lunchtime hour - some of these could be moderate/heavy at times. We'll stay mostly cloudy, with only a few peeks of sunshine.
- Storm chances will increase this afternoon as the cold front approaches. The main timeframe for storms locally will be between 2 PM and 10 PM. From 2-4 PM, storms will be in western areas... with spots in the central part of the viewing area (Greenville and Asheville) seeing the most action during the late-day commute. Eastern counties will see the storms latest, during the evening. The SPC has placed our region within the Slight Risk area today (see here). We'll likely a line of storms slide through, so damaging wind gusts will be the main storm threat. However, an isolated tornado can't be ruled out... and we'll be here in the weather center monitoring that threat throughout the afternoon.
- Rain has been heavy in parts of WNC this morning, and torrential downpours will also be possible during the storms later today. This could lead to some flooding, particularly on small creeks/streams and in poor drainage/low-lying areas. A Flood Watch continues for some of our SW NC Counties through the evening (the French Broad River at Blantyre will be one river to keep an eye on, too).
- Winds will be very strong (even outside of storms) today, and High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories have been posted for our entire area today. In the Upstate and NE GA, gusts of 50 mph are possible. Gusts of 60+ mph are possible through WNC. The combination of wet soil and strong winds will likely lead to tree damage and the potential for power outages.
- Temperatures stay very warm today, with highs warming into the mid and upper 60s this afternoon. However, behind the front we'll see those temperatures crash later this evening and overnight. TN border locations in WNC will see some upslope snow showers overnight and Thursday morning... and temps will dip back into the 30s area-wide by early Thursday. Upstate areas will have lows in the upper 30s (near 40 degrees), while WNC towns will drop into the low/mid 30s.
- The NWS has posted a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Madison, Mitchell and Yancey Counties from midnight until 10 AM Thursday. While we'll only pick up an inch or two of snow on the higher peaks, the snow/water from today's rain and temperatures in the low 30s will combine to produce slick road conditions tomorrow morning in the Northern Mountains.
We'll be here through the day to keep you updated on the storm threat... stay tuned for more updates on-air and online.