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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for High Country; Subzero Wind Chill Temperatures Overnight and Slick Roads

By Jesse Wood

Nov. 18, 2014. With temperatures forecasted to drop dramatically, the National Weather Service has issued a winter-weather advisory from 4 p.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Residents of Boone woke up to temperatures in the 40’s and after a “cold front moves [in] with a vengeance” this afternoon, temperatures will drop 15 degrees in just a couple hours, according to RaysWeather.com.

With the cold front, rain will transition to freezing drizzle and sleet and eventually snow in areas above 3,000 feet, according to RaysWeather.com and the National Weather Service.

“Accumulations by noon Tuesday of ice/snow will be a dusting to 1″ for most of the region, but 1″-3″ on western mountaintops,” according to RaysWeather.com.

Northwest winds are expected blow 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, leading to wind chills zero to five-below overnight. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the 30’s in late afternoon and in the teens overnight.

Both weather outlets warn of slick roads and other potential hazards if “venturing outdoors.”

“Freezing drizzle and wind will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and use caution while driving. In addition, wind chills this cold could lead to frost bite. If venturing outdoors, make sure you were layered clothing including a hat and gloves,” states the advisory from the NWS.

RaysWeather.com has also made a forecast map of projected lows on Tuesday night with Watauga County ranging the single digits to low teens.