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Dusting, Dangerous Wind Chills Forecasted for Mountains Tuesday, While Coast Preps for Winter Storm Leon

By Jesse Wood

Jan. 27, 2013. With headlines like The Weather Channel’s “PREPARE NOW: Heavy Snow, Ice to Impact Millions” warning the public of Winter Storm Leon that is forecasted to make landfall on Tuesday, Ray’s Weather Center pledged to stay “sane.” 

Source: The Weather Channel
Source: The Weather Channel

On Monday morning, Ray’s Weather Center posted in its forecast discussion: “I have to say that I have seen more silliness in other forecast outlets in the last 24 hours than I’ve ever seen. We’ll try to keep it sane here. There is no blizzard or freezing rain today.”

Much of the excitement is for the wintry mix expected to fall along the beaches of the South.   

For the High Country, however, Ray’s Weather Center forecasts light snow or flurries – “an inch or there is not out of the question” – on Tuesday.

Currently for the areas surrounding Boone, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory and Hazardous Weather Outlook.  

As the temperature continues to drop on Monday, the Wind Chill Advisory goes into effect from 6 p.m. on Monday to noon on Tuesday. Temperatures will drop into the single-digit range and wind chill values will be as low as minus 15 degrees. For the highest elevations minus 20 degrees wind chills are forecasted.

After the wintry mix on Tuesday, plenty of sunshine is forecasted through Friday as temperatures steadily rise into the 40s heading into the weekend.