Ashe under winter storm warning, five to nine inches of snow expected
Last modified: Jan. 17
According to the National Weather Service, portions of the high country, including Ashe County, are under a winter storm warning until 1 a.m. Friday morning, and could experience heavy wet snow this afternoon into early tonight, with snowfall rates as high as one to two inches per hour resulting in rapid accumulations.
The NWS predicts five to nine inches of total accumulation.
“Low pressure will track across the southeast states today to off the North Carolina coast by midnight,” read information released by the National Weather Service’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “On this path, colder air will be situated mainly west of the Blue Ridge until early this afternoon, where it will cause rain to change to wet snow. As the low moves east this evening, the colder air will shift east changing rain to snow in the piedmont.”
The NWS predicts heavier snowfall will occur along the higher elevations of North Carolina, southwest Virginia and southeast West Virginia.
“A secondary swath of higher amounts could also form in a narrow band from the North Carolina foothills to southside Virginia,” according to the NWS.