The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Swain County from Saturday evening through Monday morning. Forecasters say accumulations in hardest-hit areas could total six to 12 inches, and communities under watches may see two to eight inches. Gusty winds of 25-35 miles per hour combined with snow and especially ice accumulation will result in scattered to numerous downed trees and power lines producing power outages.
Snow totals will be lower in northeastern Arkansas and northwestern Tennessee, where a trace to 1 inch of snow is possible.
Ralph Northam said Saturday he had declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which has brought snow and freezing rain across the southern United States. The amount of snow is dependent upon how fast the expected cold front moves into the state. But here we are December 7th, and we are talking about more than a foot of snow in many parts of our state.
Signs of a pending monster snow fall were prevalent.
About 6 inches of snow had fallen in Durham County as of about 7:30 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.
Early snow estimates range from 1 foot to nearly 2 feet across the mountains and foothills west of Interstate 85.
A weather system the National Weather Service is calling "complicated" will arrive in Arkansas beginning Friday. "But this time, the real thing is headed our way and North Carolina is getting prepared", Cooper, the North Carolina governor, said, according to WSOC in Charlotte.
A winter storm tearing through the Southeast threatens to keep residents stuck at home with days of unsafe driving conditions, canceled flights and power outages.
"If you're in central Arkansas, you're kind of on the edge of this wintry mix on Saturday". The main winter weather impacts will occur late Friday, with a quick transition from a wintry mix to snow after midnight Friday for places including Oklahoma City. Warmer air in this scenario would reduce snow accumulation. Up to 2 inches are possible hourly in coastal towns, including the Houston area, where flash flooding is a concern. Crews were brining Interstate 40 in the Triangle on Thursday, though state officials asked people to limit travel during the storm. The same storm dumped heavy rains on Los Angeles earlier in the week.