UPDATE – a Winter Storm Warning has been issued starting at 4pm Thursday. More information at this link.
A mix bag of weather is in store for the High Country for the Christmas holiday period. The first in the series of changes will be rain moving into the area through the overnight on Thursday.
Widespread rain is expected Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The heaviest rain is expected during the mid-afternoon and into the evening. NWS states that a Flood Watch may be needed. Damaging wind gusts will also be a weather factor for Thursday morning and afternoon.
On the back side of the rain will be much colder weather. Wind chills below zero are forecast for Thursday night, Christmas Day, Friday night and Saturday morning. Snow is expected for the High County, with the greatest accumulations expected in locations closer to the Tennessee border and the highest elevations. As of Wednesday morning, no winter watches or warnings have been issued.
WataugaOnline.com will continue to update on the changing conditions as rainfall and snowfall forecast totals are subject to change.