'Prepare for a storm': Meteorologists 'pretty confident' weekend winter weather coming to WNC

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Snowfall in Asheville on January 3, 2022.
Snowfall in Asheville on January 3, 2022.

Final predictions for what winter weather will look like Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 aren't in yet, but meteorologists are telling people to prepare nonetheless.

Read our more recent forecast update on the winter storm expected to move through WNC on Jan. 15 and 16.

National Weather Meteorologist Clay Chaney said Jan. 12 the winter weather system set to impact the a good portion of the Eastern U.S. could bring snow and ice to Western North Carolina over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

"We're pretty confident a winter storm is going to occur, especially for Buncombe County," Chaney said. "The main question is whether or not it will be a mostly snow event, or will ice mix in and kind of create a whole winter mess."

Chaney said NWS meteorologists will have more confidence Jan. 13 on how much snow and ice the system will bring.

A model from the National Weather Service at the Greenville-Spartanburg station show potential storm impacts Jan. 15 and Jan. 16.
A model from the National Weather Service at the Greenville-Spartanburg station show potential storm impacts Jan. 15 and Jan. 16.

They'll wait until then to issue any watches or warnings.

Current models predict show showers in the North Carolina mountains the night of Jan. 13, but nothing over an inch.

But he said people should still prepare.

"Due to the higher than usual confidence that winter weather will develop, even though the specifics and amounts are still pretty low-confidence and uncertain at this time, gather some additional items that you think you may need in case of power outages," Chaney advised.

Weather that hit the Buncombe and surrounding counties Jan. 3 brought 2 inches of snow and numerous power outages across the region.

Winter weather brings with it extreme cold and hazardous travel conditions.

Residents can track updates via the NWS Greeneville-Spartanburg social media accounts or at its website.

This story will be updated.

Andrew Jones is Buncombe County government and health care reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow or reach him at @arjonesreports on Facebook and Twitter. Email him at arjones@citizentimes.com.

This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: Asheville weather forecast: Snow, ice likely for Buncombe, Western NC

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