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The Calm Before The Storm: Bundle Up as Snow Squalls Develop at Noon, Record-Crushing Low Temps on the Way

A calm morning near Shulls Mill Road on Wednesday. Photo by Ken Ketchie
A calm morning near Shulls Mill Road on Wednesday. Photo by Ken Ketchie

By Jesse Wood

Feb. 18, 2015. Wednesday morning was chilly but calm. That won’t last for long with snow squalls developing by noon, according to RaysWeather.com.

Not normally caught up in the noise of sensational forecasts and headlines, cool-headed RaysWeather.com wrote in this morning’s forecast discussion, “Folks, this is going to be impressive.”

RaysWeather.com noted that the upcoming storm will be more intense and last longer than Saturday’s storm, where snow accumulation totals were diluted by sleet.

“Accumulations will be 1 to 3 inches on the east side of the Appalachians, a broad swath of 3 to 6 inches across the middle, and 6-inches plus in the prime western higher elevations,” according to RaysWeather.com, which has forecasted accumulation map on its website.

The National Weather Service issued a winter-weather advisory and a wind-chill warning for the upcoming storm, where snow squalls and showers are forecasted to occur this morning through tonight.

The wind-chill warning, however, is in effect until Friday morning. For Boone, the low temperature – not factoring in the wind chill – is -7 degrees on Wednesday and -9 degrees on Thursday, which also has a high of 3 degrees.

RaysWeather.com noted that lows today and tomorrow will “crush records for the date” and that Thursday will be the coldest day of the season with “dangerously cold” wind chills in the -30 to -50 degree range on Thursday and Friday mornings.

While you stuck inside during this treacherous consider downloading the RaysWeather.com app at for Android and Apple.