Winter Storm Warning issued for Rutherford County

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

The National Weather Service at the Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Rutherford County and western North Carolina. The flash message is as follows:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
418 AM EST THU JAN 17 2013

...HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED OVER MUCH OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING...

.LOW PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA
EARLY THIS MORNING...AND THEN MOVE ACROSS THE SOUTH CAROLINA
MIDLANDS ON THURSDAY. THIS WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD RAIN ACROSS THE
WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA THROUGHOUT THE DAY. AS
THE LOW APPROACHES THE SOUTHEAST COAST...COLD AIR WILL BEGIN
FILTERING INTO THE FAR WESTERN MOUNTAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA THIS
AFTERNOON...THEN SPREAD QUICKLY EAST ACROSS THE FOOTHILLS AND
PIEDMONT. THIS IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN A TRANSITION TO SNOW
BEGINNING BY MID AFTERNOON ACROSS THE FAR WESTERN MOUNTAINS...
SPREADING EAST TO ENCOMPASS THE WESTERN PIEDMONT BY EARLY EVENING.
HEAVY ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE
WESTERN THIRD OF NORTH CAROLINA. MEANWHILE...LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS
ARE EXPECTED IN THE VALLEYS OF SOUTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...THE
NORTHEAST GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS...AS WELL AS
PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT.

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ALEXANDER-IREDELL-DAVIE-CATAWBA-ROWAN-CLEVELAND-LINCOLN-GASTON-
MECKLENBURG-CABARRUS-GREATER RUTHERFORD-EASTERN POLK-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...STATESVILLE...MOCKSVILLE...HICKORY...
SALISBURY...SHELBY...LINCOLNTON...GASTONIA...CHARLOTTE...CONCORD
418 AM EST THU JAN 17 2013

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM
EST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6
PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...THE WESTERN PIEDMONT AND PARTS OF THE FOOTHILLS OF
  NORTH CAROLINA.

* HAZARDS...HEAVY SNOW.

* TIMING...RAIN CHANGING TO SNOW DURING THE EARLY EVENING HOURS.
  SNOW MAY BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES IN THE EVENING...AND MAY BRIEFLY
  CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN BEFORE ENDING SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 5 INCHES...ALONG WITH
  AROUND A TRACE OF ICE. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE
  IN HEAVY SNOW BANDS.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY WET SNOW AS WELL AS GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE A FEW
  TREES TO FALL AND PULL DOWN POWER LINES. TRAVEL PROBLEMS AND
  REDUCED VISIBILITY ARE ALSO EXPECTED. GUSTY WINDS WILL RESULT IN
  CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. BLACK ICE IS ALSO
  POSSIBLE.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 30S BY EVENING...FALLING TO THE
  UPPER 20S BY SUNRISE FRIDAY.

* WINDS...NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

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...BE SURE TO TAKE ALONG YOUR CELL
PHONE. WEAR A WARM COAT...GLOVES...AND BOOTS. KEEP A BLANKET...
FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY.

PLEASE REPORT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS...AS WELL AS ANY DAMAGE
TO TREES OR STRUCTURES...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 ADDRESS WHERE IT OCCURRED.