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Winter Storm Watch (Graham and Swain Counties)

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
408 PM EDT SAT MAR 23 2013

…SIGNIFICANT SPRING SNOW EVENT EXPECTED ACROSS THE TENNESSEE
BORDER COUNTIES OF NORTH CAROLINA…

.A COMPLEX LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL TRACK NORTH OF THE SOUTHERN
APPALACHIAN AREA SUNDAY NIGHT. AS THE LOW DEPARTS…A STRONG COLD
FRONT WILL PUSH EAST ACROSS THE WESTERN CAROLINAS. COLD AND MOIST
WINDS ARE FORECAST TO INCREASE IN THE WAKE OF COLD FRONT. A MID
LEVEL LOW WILL APPROACH THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS MONDAY
NIGHT…MOVING EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS TUESDAY MORNING. THE
COMBINATION OF DEEP MOISTURE…UPSLOPE WINDS…AND LARGE SCALE
FORCING WILL RESULT IN THE GREATEST SNOWFALL RATES MONDAY NIGHT
AND TUESDAY MORNING.

NCZ033-048>052-058-059-240630-
/O.NEW.KGSP.WS.A.0005.130325T0600Z-130326T2200Z/
AVERY-MADISON-YANCEY-MITCHELL-SWAIN-HAYWOOD-GRAHAM-
NORTHERN JACKSON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…NEWLAND…SPRUCE PINE…BRYSON CITY…
WAYNESVILLE…SYLVA
408 PM EDT SAT MAR 23 2013

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH
TUESDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT
THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* LOCATIONS…THE TENNESSEE BORDER COUNTIES OF NORTH CAROLINA FROM
AVERY SOUTHWEST TO GRAHAM…INCLUDING NORTHERN JACKSON COUNTY.

* HAZARDS…HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS. WINDY CONDITIONS WILL
PRODUCE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES.

* TIMING…SNOW SHOWERS…POSSIBLY MIXED WITH FREEZING RAIN…WILL
DEVELOP SUNDAY NIGHT. WIDESPREAD MODERATE SNOW SHOWERS ARE
EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL
RATES SHOULD BEGIN TO DECREASE MID DAY TUESDAY.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 5 TO 7 INCHES…HIGHER
AMOUNTS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE RIDGES.

* IMPACTS…HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL RESULT IN SNOW COVERED
ROADS…BRIDGES…AND OVERPASSES. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP
MONDAY NIGHT…RESULTING IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. HIGH
ELEVATIONS ALONG THE TENNESSEE LINE MAY SEE DEEP SNOW DRIFTS
ACROSS ROADS. VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED TO BETWEEN ONE QUARTER
AND ONE HALF MILE IN SNOW SHOWERS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S. HIGH ELEVATIONS MAY
REMAIN IN THE LOW 20S.

* WINDS…WEST NORTHWEST WINDS AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40
MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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.

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