Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
437 AM EST Wed Jan 30 2019

Northern Jackson-Caldwell Mountains-Burke Mountains-
McDowell Mountains-
Including the cities of Ingalls, Banner Elk, Newland, 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, Robbinsville, Stecoah, Cullowhee, Tuckasegee,
Sylva, Patterson, Jonas Ridge, Ashford, Sugar Hill, Woodlawn,
and Old Fort
437 AM EST Wed Jan 30 2019

A very cold arctic airmass will remain over the region today and
into the overnight. Expect afternoon temperatures in the lower
20s to around 30 and nighttime temperatures in the single digits
to mid teens.

The cold weather will 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 backup heat or electrical sources.

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. 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.

If you are home, consider allowing indoor plumbing fixtures to
drip to allow 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

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.

About Allen Aycoth

President of The Blue Ridge Weather Watch
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