Early Sunday morning The National Weather Service extended a Freezing Rain Advisory for McDowell County to include Polk and Rutherford Counties. The advisories will be in effect through 10 AM.
The National Weather service has also issued winter weather warnings for Graham, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Swain and Yancey Counties through 6 p.m. Monday with wind chill watches in effect through Tuesday morning. The NWS says precipitation in these counties will change to snow Monday morning, mainly in the higher elevations along the Tennessee border.
Scattered rain was appearing across the are on Fox Carolina Radar 3D as of 7 AM Sunday. Fox Carolina Meteorologist Ted Phaeton recommends that you use extreme caution while traveling on roadways during the morning hours as some roads may be icy.
"Keep those umbrellas handy too," Phaeton said. "We will be sitting under mostly cloudy skies today with temperatures climbing into the upper 40s. We will be seeing the chance of scattered showers throughout the morning however."
Phaeton said a cold front and more rain will move through the area in the evening hours.
"That cold front will bring more frigid conditions as we approach the upcoming week," Phaeton said. "Monday night will bring some of the lowest temperatures we've experienced in a long time."
Phaeton expects that the Upstate will mainly see rain, but expects parts of Western North Carolina may experience a wintry mix late Sunday into Monday.
Phaeton said temperatures will continue to drop on Monday and says record breaking lows may be in the forecast across our area on Tuesday.
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