Compiled by Jesse Wood
Weather-related briefs from around the High Country – Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
– NCDOT Release at 8:30 a.m. – “Division 11 (Allegheny, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties) has 8-12 inches of snow. The snow had stopped, but it has resumed with the next front coming through. The primary routes are passable, but are partially covered. The secondary routes are covered, but we should make some headway today if the snow will stop since it is a good snow to push.”
– Ray’s Weather Center posted preliminary snow total reports as of 7:30 a.m. Here they are: 7 to 13 inches in Northwestern North Carolina; 5 to 12 inches in the foothills; and 6 to 10 inches in southwestern North Carolina. But, it’s still snowing. Check out Ray’s Weather Center’s Facebook page and let them know how much snow has fallen in your neck of the woods.
– With all the colleges and county grade school closed in the High Country, Watauga County Communication Center tweeted, “Good day to stay home and catch a movie.” Check out all the closings here.
– While N.C. Emergency Management reports 92,059 power outages in the state as of 7 a.m., Blue Ridge Electric Membership Cooperative posted an hour earlier on social media: “Very pleased to report NO outages for Blue Ridge Electric members now or overnight. Stay warm and stay safe today!”
– The road conditions were described as “horrific” last night by 911 Watauga Communications Center. This morning N.C. Department of Transportation sent out an advisory to stay off the roads, so crews could improve the road conditions. “Currently, roadways across North Carolina are being affected by snow and ice,” the NCDOT website notes.
– The winter storm warning from the National Weather Service doesn’t expire until 6 p.m. Thursday.
– Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency.
– Something to look forward to: By the time this exuberance of the winter storm fades, come the middle of next week temperatures move into the 50s and 60s across the state.
- Send us your photos from last night and this morning for a compilation of weather photos from around the High Country during this latest snowstorm. Post them on our Facebook page.
Downtown Boone on Thursday morning.