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High Temperature for Today, Feb. 20, in Record Range


Feb. 20, 2017. The high temperature on President’s Day is forecasted to be nearly 70 degrees in Boone. RaysWeather.com noted that the temps later this afternoon will be about 20-degrees above the average high for this date, Feb. 20. Today’s high is forecasted to be 68 and that happens to be the record high from 1939. By Jesse Wood – Photo by Todd Bush

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Winter Solstice Begins Wednesday AM

Dec. 20, 2016. The winter solstice is something else to celebrate this holiday season. Beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 5:44 a.m. EST, the astronomical start of winter begins, meaning that the days will soon become longer. By Jesse Wood

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Ray’s Weather: Been Raining Since Aug. 1

Aug. 11, 2016. Just a couple weeks ago, we were all looking for relief from the 80-degree heat and dry weather that’s a bit much for us spoiled in the mountains. Now, we are looking for a respite from the rainy weather of the past two weeks. In fact, it has rained in the region every day since Aug. 1, according to RaysWeather.com. By Jesse Wood

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Easter Weekend Looks Rather Pleasant

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March 24, 2016. Spring-like weather continues. Highs in the 60s remain in Boone through the weekend., although showers will occur on Thursday evening and Friday morning, according to RaysWeather.com. By Jesse Wood

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Watauga County Emergency Mgmt. Urges You to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather

Jan. 21, 2016. A strong winter weather event will impact our area starting tonight that will bring heavy snow and the potential for freezing rain. TIPS:

Refrain from traveling if possible.

Make sure all your needed medications and oxygen are filled ahead of time.

Have a strong food and water supply.

Have a secondary source for heating in the event of power outages.

Properly vent fuel-burning appliances to avoid carbon monoxide exposure.

In the event of an emergency, remember to dial 911.

Continually monitor weather stations.

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Photos: Sunday Caps a Rainy Week in the High Country With 2 to 5 Inches of Rain Falling

Sunday was definitely a washout, capping a week dominated by rain. RaysWeather.com noted that 4.8 inches of rain fell at the weather station at Grandfather Vineyard and Winery in Foscoe and that the highest totals were along the Blue Ridge from Avery to Alleghany counties. While Watauga County Schools operated on its regular schedule Monday, buses didn’t run on Guy Ford Road, Roby Greene Road, Watauga River Road and Dewitt Barnett Road.
By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie

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What a Beautiful Day in the High Country on Friday, Snow Coverage and Plenty of Sun

Blue skies dominated the state of the weather on Friday afternoon, which turned into a great ‘snow day’ for children with schools being out to close the weekend. On Saturday, the temperature will be cold but slightly warmer. Plus, the sun should be out on Saturday before clouds and rain return on Sunday. Here are some pictures depicting how beautiful the day was on Friday.
By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie

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Photos: The Morning After the Snowstorm

https://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556 Here are some photos the morning after last night’s snowstorm in the High Country, which received about 4 to 7 inches of snow, according to RaysWeather.com. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie

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Waiting for Several Inches of Snow to Fall, Storm Warning Begins at 7 PM

https://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556 With a couple hours before the storm is expected to begin, RaysWeather.com posted on Facebook, “It’s clear from radar that this storm will not disappoint. Right now I have more ‘upside’ fear than ‘downside.’” The latest forecast accumulation map from RaysWeather.com is calling for 5 to 7 inches in the vast majority of Avery and Watauga counties. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie

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More Snow on the Way Beginning Tonight, Forecasts Range from 3 to 7 Inches

Feb. 25, 2015. Before the snow from the last storm late Monday and early Tuesday has a chance to melt, Mother Nature has some more in store for us beginning Wednesday evening. Forecasts from RaysWeather.com and the regional National Weather Service office range from 3 to 7 inches, depending on the locale and elevation in the High Country. By Jesse Wood

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Surprise: Good Tuesday Morning Snow Fall, Winter Weather Advisory Expires in Afternoon

https://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556 Feb. 24, 2015. The amount of accumulation this morning was a bit of a surprise. Forecasts were revised and the roads were a slushfest. RaysWeather.com noted that one to three inches of snow covered the region at sunrise and more snow continued to fall throughout the morning. RaysWeather.com expects one to four inches throughout the daytime – with four to six inches at higher elevations and along the western escarpment. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie

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To Cold To Handle: Coldest West Jefferson’s Been on Feb. 20 Since At Least 1896, 119 Years Ago

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Feb. 20, 2015. For the second day in a row, the weather was record breaking. On Friday morning, residents of the High Country – and beyond – woke up to subzero temperatures and record lows for Feb. 20. Several of the towns or communities experienced temperatures for this date – Feb. 20 – that haven’t been felt in decades or, at least in one case, more than a century. By Jesse Wood

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