Avery-Alexander-Yancey-Mitchell-Buncombe-Transylvania-Henderson-Caldwell Mountains-Greater Caldwell-Burke Mountains-Greater Burke-McDowell Mountains-Eastern McDowell-Rutherford Mountains-Polk Mountains-
Including the cities of Ingalls, Banner Elk, Newland, Bethlehem, Ellendale, Millersville, Taylorsville, Hiddenite, Stony Point,nSwiss, Burnsville, Celo, Micaville, Ramseytown, Busick, Spruce Pine, Poplar, Asheville, Brevard, Cedar Mountain, Little River, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Dana, East Flat Rock, Tuxedo, Etowah, Patterson, Kings Creek, Lenoir, Sawmills, Granite Falls, Jonas Ridge, Morganton, Pleasant Grove, Valdese, Ashford, Sugar Hill, Woodlawn, Old Fort, Marion, Nebo, Dysartsville, Fero, Glenwood, and Saluda
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON…
* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation possible. The precipitation will be predominately freezing rain, but it may mix with rain and sleet at times. Total ice accumulations from freezing rain may reach one-quarter inch, with isolated pockets possibly approaching one-half inch of ice along the immediate eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge mountains. Total sleet accumulations,may range from one-tenth to one-half inch, especially just east
of the Blue Ridge.
* WHERE…Locations along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge,mountains and the immediately adjacent foothills of western North Carolina.
* WHEN…From Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Sleet accumulations may make roads treacherous.
Travel may be quite hazardous in impacted areas. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute on Thursday.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.