Snow began earlier than expected Jan. 21, with flurries sighted across Buncombe County in the morning and some reports of accumulation, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.
NWS meteorologist Jake Wimberley said they don't yet have a good handle on how long the snow will last, but "everything is kind of pointing in the direction of the chance getting better into the afternoon."
"Minor travel impacts can't be ruled out," Wimberley said.
He expects light snow throughout much of the day, and while it is hard to say if it will accumulate, some higher elevation areas are already seeing less than an inch.
Chance of snow accumulation will increase into the evening of Jan. 21, with snowfall peaking around 7 p.m. and tapering off by late evening.
Wimberley said Asheville could potentially see 1 to 1.5 inches of accumulation Jan. 21, with the temperature staying below freezing, and lows in the mid-teens.
"It's a tough situation," he said. Precipitation the morning of Jan. 21 was occurring on a "shallow enough layer" that the radars were not registering it, and weather forecasts had not predicted flurries beginning as early as they did.
Though skies are expected to stay cloudy though the night of Jan. 21, the next day is forecast to be mostly sunny, with highs in the 40s, lows in mid to upper-teens.
This story will be updated.
Sarah Honosky is the city government reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA TODAY Network. News Tips? Email email@example.com or message on Twitter at @slhonosky.
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