The temperatures have tumbled in a big way, so we are back to January temps for the last day of the month! This morning, we're waking up to thermometer readings in the mid/upper 30s in the Upstate and low/mid 30s in the Mountains. Black ice concerns continue into WNC, where the water on the roads from yesterday's rain could freeze in spots - particularly on bridges and overpasses.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY continues for Madison, Mitchell and Yancey Counties until 10 AM. These counties have more widespread black ice concerns, as snow has been falling overnight and this morning. Accumulations will generally be light (2" or less), but slick roads could cause problems. Snow showers will wrap up by mid/late-morning.
Skies have already cleared in the Upstate, and we'll stay bright and dry today. However, high temperatures will be much colder - only rising to around 50 degrees for Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson. In Western North Carolina, we'll keep at least partly cloudy skies overhead (more clouds near the TN border), with highs only rising into the mid to upper 30s today.
Winds will stay gusty, particularly in WNC. A WIND ADVISORY continues until 6 PM for all of our mountain areas, where gusts could be as strong as 40 mph. Winds will stay gusty at times elsewhere, but the gusts won't reach advisory criteria (gusts of 30 mph will be common).
Another cold front moves through overnight, and this will bring more snow showers to the TN border areas of WNC. The snow will begin just after midnight, and will wrap up for most by 7 or 8 AM. While accumulations will again be light (1-2 inches), the timing of the snow could cause more issues for the Friday morning commute. Because of the threat of difficult road conditions, a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will go into effect at midnight and continues until 10 AM for the following counties: Madison, Mitchell, Yancey, Graham, Haywood, Northern Jackson and Swain.
Also... I wanted to include the latest on the Flood Advisories and Warnings for WNC.
- A FLOOD WARNING is in effect until Friday morning for the French Broad River at Blantyre (affecting Henderson and Transylvania Counties). Minor flooding is forecast.
- A FLOOD ADVISORY continues for the French Broad River at Marshall, affecting Madison County. This advisory is in effect until late this morning.
- A FLOOD ADVISORY continues through late this morning for the French Broad River at Asheville, affecting Buncombe County.
You can get updates through the day on the warnings/advisories here at the NWS GSP webpage.