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Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 4:23 AM EDT en Octubre 30, 2014

...Winter Storm Watch in effect from Friday evening through Saturday evening...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Winter Storm Watch...which is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday evening.

* Locations...North Carolina mountain counties along the Tennessee border...and northern Jackson and Buncombe counties.

* Hazards...heavy snowfall.

* Timing...showers will likely develop Friday evening...starting out as rain or a mix...then changing over to snow overnight as snow levels drop to the valley floors by daybreak Saturday. Numerous snow showers will likely linger through the day on Saturday...before tapering off early Saturday evening.

* Accumulations...storm total amounts of 1 to 3 inches in the valleys...and 3 to 6 inches above 3500 ft are likely. A few ridge top locations may see locally higher amounts.

* Impacts...the heavy wet snow could produce isolated tree and power line damage. Road surfaces may see slightly less snow accumulation...but bridges and overpasses will likely remain snow covered and icy.

* Temperatures...will fall from the lower 40s and upper 30s to below freezing overnight Friday night...as snow levels fall. Then some rebound in the valleys to the mid 30s to lower 40s...while elevations above 3500 ft will generally stay below freezing. All mountain areas will then fall below freezing Saturday night.

* Winds...northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

* Visibility...significant reduction in visiblity can be expected at times within the snow showers.

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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