By Jesse Wood
Jan. 22, 2014. Read below for a weather update on last night’s storm, current road conditions and cancellations and delays:
Weather: As Ray’s Weather Center noted in its forecast this morning, the weather arrived as “advertised” with snow totals in the 1 to 3 inches in the east; six to eight inches on mountaintops; and three to six inches in between.
Ray’s Weather Center noted that Beech Mountain received eight inches; Boone two inches; Seven Devils four inches and so forth. Click here for more in depth discussion on the recent storm at RaysWeatherCenter.com.
Currently, a National Weather Service wind chill advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
With 10 to 20 mph winds and gusts up to 30 mph in biting temperatures, the advisory notes that wind chill values will be in the range of 5 to 15 below zero.
Roads: The N.C. Department of Transportation did a wonderful job of the main roads and highways after the recent arctic blast. Secondary roads, however, are still slick, ice and snow covered.
Last night at about 5 p.m., the Watauga County Communications Twitter feed was alive with weather-related wrecks or emergencies in all corners of the county – near Old U.S. 421, Cove Creek, N.C. 105 near Foscoe and other areas.
As reported yesterday, Watauga County Schools and Avery County Schools are closed this Wednesday.
Appalachian State University has only cancelled classes before 11 a.m.
Lees-McRae College announced late last night that it was closing for the day due to the weather.