Here's a recap of Thursday's road, weather reports, pictures, links.
6:42pm – Via twitter “yellowducky1982 – It's pouring in Sugar Grove! #wncwx #sugargrove”
6:20pm – L'Heureux's Weather post “UPDATE: With the trailing system moving slower, the forecast has been updated. The higher elevations will hang onto that snow longer than the lower elevations. The snow showers start tomorrow night. This is a tough call on snow totals, as the ground will be relatively warm and the snow will be of a higher density, yet there is moisture to work with (from the south). My projections are that the mountains sees about 1″ to 2″ of snowfall total (below 1″ for lower elevations).”
6:00pm – Misting rain started falling across Watauga County.
Brad Panovich, WCNC TV, rolled out his 7th Annual Carolina Winter Forecast for 2011-2012. He forecast “for Boone I'm going with 46.5″ this winter slightly above average. The peaks will be closer to 80″ This winter's pattern looks eerily similarl to last winter and we all know how that turned out.”. Here's the link to his blog with all the info.
Earlier in the day Deej Cornett sent in this picture from the western end of the county.
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NWS forecast as of 5:47pm – Tonight…Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Friday…Rain. Much cooler with highs in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Friday Night…Rain and snow. Snow accumulation around an inch. Cooler with lows in the lower 30s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.
Saturday…Cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning…then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Little or no additional snow accumulation. Highs in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 40 percent.
Saturday Night…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph in the evening…becoming light and variable.
Sunday…Sunny. Highs in the upper 40s.
8:30am via twitter- Down to one lane on 194, around Hardin Park, on the way out of town.
Paving continues on 194 between Valle Crucis and Matney, expect delays.
Clouds have rolled in and winds have picked up