Hazardous weather outlook issued for Southwest North Carolina, East Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia

Published 7:12 pm Monday, January 8, 2024

Morristown – The National Weather Service in Morristown, Tennessee, issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook on Monday, January 8, 2024, covering various regions across southwest North Carolina, East Tennessee, and southwest Virginia.

Today and Tonight

Extremely high winds are anticipated across the mountains and foothills of East Tennessee tonight. Wind gusts reaching up to 85 mph are expected, potentially higher in specific high wind-prone areas. In the Cumberland Plateau, southern Tennessee Valley, and southwest Virginia, strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph are projected to develop tonight. The High Wind Warning and Wind Advisory provide further details. Heavy rainfall is also expected, potentially leading to localized flooding. A flood watch is in effect for southwest North Carolina.

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Tuesday through Sunday

The forecast indicates that the high winds will persist across East Tennessee’s mountains and foothills on Tuesday. Gusts up to 85 mph, potentially higher in some susceptible locations, are anticipated until Tuesday afternoon. In the Cumberland Plateau, southern Tennessee Valley, and southwest Virginia, strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph are expected until late Tuesday morning. The High Wind Warning and Wind Advisory provide specifics.

Light snowfall is possible in higher elevations of the northern Plateau, East Tennessee, and southwest Virginian mountains on Wednesday morning. Minor accumulations are likely in the East TN and VA mountains above 3,000 feet.

Furthermore, Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the valley may experience strong wind gusts up to 40 mph, especially north of Interstate 40. Winds in the mountains could exceed 40 mph.

Looking ahead, another powerful system is projected to impact the area Friday and Saturday. Although specific details remain uncertain, this system might generate high winds in the mountains and heavy rainfall across the broader area.

The National Weather Service advises residents to stay updated on the changing weather conditions and follow issued warnings and advisories.