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Winter Storm Warning & Winter Weather Advisory for Avery County – Saturday March 12, 2022

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Last Updated on March 11, 2022 6:29 am

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Including the cities of Ingalls, Banner Elk, Newland, Faust,
Mars Hill, Marshall, Walnut, Allenstand, Hot Springs, Luck,
Swiss, Burnsville, Celo, Micaville, Ramseytown, Busick,
Spruce Pine, Poplar, Alarka, Almond, Bryson City, Luada, Wesser,
Waynesville, Waterville, Canton, Cruso, Cove Creek, Robbinsville,
and Stecoah
450 AM EST Fri Mar 11 2022

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 7 PM EST SATURDAY
ABOVE 3500 FEET…
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 7 PM EST
SATURDAY BELOW 3500 FEET…

  • WHAT…For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total
    snow accumulations of up to 6 inches. Winds gusting as high as
    45 mph. For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Total
    snow accumulations of up to 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as
    35 mph.
  • WHERE…Counties in western North Carolina along the Tennessee
    border.
  • WHEN…From 1 AM to 7 PM EST Saturday.
  • IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Patches of black ice
    will develop on bridges and overpasses Saturday morning,
    resulting in slippery spots. The cold wind chills as low as 10
    below zero could result in hypothermia if precautions are not
    taken.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Rain will change to snow across the
    mountains of North Carolina early Saturday morning, beginning on
    the highest peaks and ridgetops of the Smokies around midnight
    and down to the valley floors by sunrise, as temperatures fall
    quickly below freezing. Snow will taper off to the Tennessee
    border by mid- morning, and should end everywhere by sunset
    Saturday. Temperatures across the mountains will remain below
    freezing through Saturday, so black ice is possible. Winds will
    be strong enough to knock down a few tree limbs and power lines
    Saturday. The cold temperatures and strong winds will also
    result in bitterly cold wind chills Saturday afternoon and
    Saturday night at high elevations.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow
are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an
emergency. If you must travel, keep a flashlight, food, water,
and a warm blanket in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow
will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow
covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while
driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National
Weather Service toll free at…1…800…2 6 7…8 1 0 1. Leave a
message with your observation and the specific location where it
occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather
Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report
using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of
weather information for the latest updates. Additional details
can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp. The latest state road
conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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