Winter Storm Warning for the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina and Ski Resorts Opening
More snow is expected in the Great Smoky Mountains Wednesday and Thursday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect tonight and Wednesday. Just a few inches for Wednesday, but 3-6 inches is predicted for Thanksgiving Day. Travel may be hazardous on Thanksgiving Day in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Accumulating snow in elevations over 3500 feet is possible.
Several snow ski resorts and snow tubing parks will be open this weekend. Beech Mountain and Cataloochee will be open this weekend. With snow in the forecast and conditions right for snow making the ski resorts and snow tubing parks should be a great place to spend some time on the slopes after celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Areas for the Winter Storm Warning include the following counties:
This is the statement put out by NOAA:
|Event:||Winter Weather Advisory|
...ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY... .A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPING OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST THIS EVENING WILL MOVE NORTHWARD ALONG THE COAST OF THE CAROLINAS OVERNIGHT. MOISTURE WILL SPREAD NORTHWEST OVER THE REGION AHEAD OF THIS LOW...WITH LIGHT RAIN DEVELOPING LATE THIS EVENING. THE PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS AND INTENSIFY DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS...WITH MAINLY SNOW EXPECTED FOR THE BULK OF THE STORM ALONG THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS...AND SNOW WITH PERIODS OF A RAIN AND SNOW MIX IN THE LOWEST MOUNTAIN VALLEYS. SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED OVERNIGHT THROUGH AT LEAST WEDNESDAY...MAINLY AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET IN THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST WEDNESDAY... * LOCATIONS...PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS...INCLUDING THE FRENCH BROAD VALLEY. * HAZARDS...ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL. * TIMING...RAIN WILL INCREASE LATE THIS EVENING...MIXING WITH AND CHANGING TO SNOW LATE. THE SNOWFALL WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY OVERNIGHT. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO TAPER OFF FROM THE SOUTHWEST THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING. * ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES...WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS ALONG THE HIGHER RIDGE TOPS. * WINDS...NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH. * IMPACTS...SNOW ACCUMULATING ON HIGH ELEVATION ROADS COULD RESULT IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. * TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S.
Stay safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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