The National Weather Service has issued Blizzard Warnings for the mountains of western North Carolina. Some areas are getting heavy snow, but the wind is the main factor. It is gusting close to 70 mph in some areas bringing down trees and power lines. It is alos in the low 20s this afternoon up there. Ouch!
The Upstate is not getting any snow today, but it is windy here too. Winds have gusted near 40 mph and may peak around 50 mph leater today producing scattered tree damage and power problems. It seems to be particularly windy from Spartanburg to Charlotte and around Clemson along and north of I-85. Wind chills are low today, and it is a wake-up call that this is still winter.
Our snow chances are still looking slim Friday night. I expect some flurries north of I-85, with a dusting to 2 inches possible between I-20 and I-85. The sweet spot for the most snow from this system may actually be around Augusta, GA for our region (around 4 inches) if things pan out as the models are showing now. North Carolina may not get anything Friday from this system because it is too far south. The beaches of South Carolina could even see flakes from this one.
For the Upstate, a better shot at a quick burst of dusting - 2 inch snow looks like Sunday night with a fast moving Alberta Clipper diving into our area. The cold front with this system should squeeze out enough moisture to produce some light snow, and it should still be cold enough for snow. After that it looks like it will very slowly warm back up so let's hope we get something from these two glancing blows this weekend if you like snow. If you get anything, please comment on here to let us know how much! What do you think? Will it snow?