Sunny but COLD, Bitter Cold Night On The Way
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Fox Carolina) - The sun has been out this afternoon, but it’s VERY COLD. Temperatures are only in the 30s and 40s, but it feels like 20s and 30s with the wind. Overnight, it gets bitter cold as winds subside. Lows by Sunday morning will be in the low 20s for the Upstate, and teens in the mountains.
WINTER STORM WARNING remains in effect until 7:00 PM Saturday for the following counties above 3,500 feet: GRAHAM, HAYWOOD, MADISON, MITCHELL, SWAIN, YANCEY.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY remains in effect until 7:00 PM Saturday for the following counties below 3,500 feet: BUNCOMBE, HENDERSON, JACKSON, MACON, AND TRANSYLVANIA.
WIND CHILL ADVISORY in effect for Graham, Swain, Haywood, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Jackson and Macon counties through Saturday.
WIND ADVISORY in effect until 1:00 AM Sunday for the entire Fox Carolina viewing area.
Scattered snow showers will linger in the high elevations of the North Carolina mountains through Saturday morning and into the early afternoon hours. For the rest of the region, skies will steadily clear in favor of sunny skies for the second half of the day. Despite that returning sun, it will be a bitterly cold afternoon, made worse by windy conditions.
Temperatures in the mountains will hover in the 20s for most of the day, while the Upstate falls back into the 30s. Sustained northwesterly winds between 20-30 mph will gust up to 55 mph at times, making it feel even colder. Sub-zero wind chills in the mountains during the morning may fight back into the single-digits in the afternoon, while it will feel more like the 20s upstate. Make sure to layer up if you have to head out!
The strong winds combined with the wet ground will also leave us at greater risk for trees and power lines to be knocked down. Stay alert when traveling, and be prepared for the possibility of scattered power outages.
For as cold as it will be during the day on Saturday, the cold will be at its worst Saturday night into Sunday morning! Under mostly clear skies, we’ll see some bitterly cold lows in the low 20s across the upstate, and readings in the teens in the mountains! Frigid, but hopefully the last we’ll see of conditions like this for the winter.
Sunday will be much quieter, and at least a little warmer. We’ll still run about 10-15 degrees below average with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s, but we can at least look forward to sunny skies and lighter winds.
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