Special Weather Statement

Last Updated: 09:54 AM. Wednesday, Jan 03, 2018 EST

Until 04:00 AM. Thursday, Jan 04, 2018

GAZ010-017-018-026-028-029-NCZ033-035>037-048>053-056>059-062>065- 068>072-082-501>510-SCZ001>014-019-040900- Rabun-Habersham-Stephens-Franklin-Hart-Elbert-Avery-Alexander- Iredell-Davie-Madison-Yancey-Mitchell-Swain-Haywood-Buncombe- Catawba-Rowan-Graham-Northern Jackson-Macon-Southern Jackson- Transylvania-Henderson-Cleveland-Lincoln-Gaston-Mecklenburg- Cabarrus-Union-Caldwell Mountains-Greater Caldwell- Burke Mountains-Greater Burke-McDowell Mountains-Eastern McDowell- Rutherford Mountains-Greater Rutherford-Polk Mountains- Eastern Polk-Oconee Mountains-Pickens Mountains- Greenville Mountains-Greater Oconee-Greater Pickens- Greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Cherokee-York-Anderson-Abbeville- Laurens-Chester-Greenwood- Including the cities of Clayton, Pine Mountain, Mountain City, Cornelia, Baldwin, Demorest, Clarkesville, Hollywood, Boydville, Toccoa, Royston, Whitworth, Lavonia, Franklin Springs, Canon, Hartwell, Nuberg, Reed Creek, Elberton, Fortsonia, Middleton, Ruckersville, Ingalls, Banner Elk, Newland, Bethlehem, Ellendale, Millersville, Taylorsville, Hiddenite, Stony Point, Statesville, Mooresville, Farmington, Fork Church, Mocksville, Advance, Faust, Mars Hill, Marshall, Walnut, Allenstand, Hot Springs, Luck, Swiss, Burnsville, Celo, Micaville, Ramseytown, Busick, Mount Mitchell State Park, Spruce Pine, Poplar, Newfound Gap, Alarka, Almond, Bryson City, Luada, Smokemont, Wesser, Waynesville, Waterville, Canton, Cruso, Cove Creek, Lake Junaluska, Asheville, Hickory, Newton, St. Stephens, Salisbury, Robbinsville, Stecoah, Cullowhee, Tuckasegee, Sylva, Franklin, Rainbow Springs, Kyle, Nantahala Lake, Highlands, Wolf Mountain, Cashiers, Brevard, Cedar Mountain, Little River, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Dana, East Flat Rock, Tuxedo, Etowah, Shelby, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Crouse, Gastonia, Charlotte, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Kannapolis, Monroe, Trinity, Indian Trail, Weddington, Patterson, Kings Creek, Lenoir, Sawmills, Granite Falls, Jonas Ridge, Morganton, Pleasant Grove, Valdese, Ashford, Sugar Hill, Woodlawn, Old Fort, Marion, Nebo, Dysartsville, Fero, Glenwood, Lake Lure, Forest City, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Saluda, Tryon, Columbus, Lake Adger, Mill Spring, Mountain Rest, Walhalla, Westminster, Pumpkintown, Tigerville, Gowensville, Caesars Head, Cleveland, Marietta, Seneca, Oakway, Easley, Dacusville, Clemson, Greenville, Taylors, Greer, Mauldin, Fork Shoals, Simpsonville, Berea, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Catawba, Rock Hill, Anderson, Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, Laurens, Clinton, Union, Monarch Mills, Blackstock, Chester, Cornwell, Great Falls, Ware Shoals, and Ninety Six 331 AM EST Wed Jan 3 2018 ...AN ARCTIC COLD WAVE WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH AT LEAST SATURDAY... A very cold arctic airmass has built over the region and will persist through the week. Expect temperatures to fall into the single digits to teens across the mountains at times each night, with lows in the teens to 20s across the foothills and piedmont this week. Daytime maximum temperatures will struggle to get above the freezing mark most days this week, especially across the mountains where highs in the 20s will be common. The cold weather will likely result in high demand for electricity across the region. Power outages may result from the heavy electrical load. Those who require electricity for heating or medical equipment should consider having backup heat or electrical sources available. Take steps now to protect your property and health from the extreme cold. If you go outside, wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf. It is imperative that parents make sure children returning to school this week are prepared for the prolonged cold, especially if they will be outside waiting at bus stops in the mornings. If driving, keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Check your antifreeze and windshield washer fluid levels. Be sure to carry a fully charged cell phone. While at home, consider allowing indoor plumbing fixtures to drip to permit water to trickle through pipes and inhibit freezing. Use caution with space heaters in order to avoid fire or injury. If emergency generators will be used, they must be situated outdoors in well-ventilated areas to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, remember to check in on family, friends, and elderly neighbors who might be susceptible to the cold. Do not forget about your pets and livestock. Make sure they have a source of water that will not freeze and a warm place to take shelter from the wind and cold. Do not attempt to walk on frozen ponds, lakes, or streams, as the ice will not be thick enough to support the weight - even of a child. A cold wave is defined as average daily temperatures 12 degrees or more below normal mid-January average daily temperatures for 48 hours or longer. Normal mid-January average daily temperatures are, for Asheville 37, Charlotte 41, and GSP 42. By definition it follows that a cold wave is when the average daily temperature for Asheville is 25, Charlotte is 29, and GSP is 30. $$

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Forecast by

Meteorologist John Ahrens