UPDATE Thursday morning, with snow totals ranging from 6 inches on up, residents remained hunkered down. Wednesday night, folks were getting out in the snow to ski, kayak and snow board city streets. Emergency officials urged people to stay home if at all possible to allow easier snow plowing for crews.
UPDATE: Just a reminder: snowfall numbers shared by local meteorologists are TOTALS, the estimated final tally of snowfall when the storm is done. We haven’t yet seen major changes in snowfall predictions, and heavy snowfall finally began this afternoon. (Display photo by @AshevilleSegway.)
According to the Weather Channel at 4 p.m., 3-5 inches of snow will fall by 9 p.m. tonight, with snowfall continuing until early tomorrow morning.
Around 7:30, Ray’s Weather Center released a new map, nearly unchanged. 6-12 inches for all of Buncombe County.
WCNC-TV Charlotte meteorologist Brad Panovich writes on Facebook, “The winter storm is literally knocking on our southern door starts in the next 2 hours, gets bad by 11am. If you go out be home by 12pm please.”
Around 8 a.m., the NWS in Morristown, Tenn. upped Asheville’s predicted snow totals to 8-12.
Local Yokel of Cullowhee forecasts 4-7 inches in Asheville proper.
Buckle up, Asheville.
According to Ray’s Weather Center on Facebook tonight, snow will start Wednesday morning, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Jason Boyer of WLOS weighs in at 7 p.m Tuesday. Prediction: 6-12 inches in Asheville. Boyer also states that this storm could put Asheville “in the top ten” for all-time snow accumulation within twenty-four hours:
I have put a swath of 5-10″ over the I-85 corridor in the Upstate right across much of Greenville, Spartanburg & Cherokee County. For the mountains and foothills, I have upgraded the snow totals to 8-14″. Still thinking 6-12″ will suffice for most other areas over Western North Carolina.
We are still likely to see numerous power outages and dangerous to impossible travel by sunset tomorrow.
The latest from the National Weather Service at 6:33 p.m. Tuesday is here:
* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 10 INCHES…ALONG WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.
* IMPACTS…HEAVY SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL TREACHEROUS. THE ACCUMULATIONS MAY ALSO CREATE POWER OUTAGES…ESPECIALLY
WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.
Instructions: 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…1-800-267-8101. 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.
From 3:58 p.m. Tuesday, an NWS snowfall forecast map for our area. Looks like 8-10 inches for Asheville proper, more in the higher elevations.
And the Red Cross needs volunteers. Stay safe, Asheville.
Maybe THIS will kill the stink bugs.