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WWUS42 KRAH 180926
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC
426 AM EST FRI JAN 18 2008

...WINTER STORM POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA
ON SATURDAY...

.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS FORECAST DEVELOP OVER THE NORTHERN GULF OF
MEXICO FRIDAY NIGHT AND MOVE NORTHEAST TO JUST OFFSHORE OF THE
NORTH CAROLINA COAST BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. PRECIPITATION
GENERATED BY THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL COMBINE WITH VERY COLD
AIR OVERSPREADING THE REGION TO PRODUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR SNOW
ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

NCZ007>011-021>027-038>041-073>076-083-084-182115-
/O.NEW.KRAH.WS.A.0002.080119T1100Z-080119T2300Z/
PERSON-GRANVILLE-VANCE-WARREN-HALIFAX-FORSYTH-GUILFORD-ALAMANCE-
ORANGE-DURHAM-FRANKLIN-NASH-DAVIDSON-RANDOLPH-CHATHAM-WAKE-STANLY-
MONTGOMERY-MOORE-LEE-ANSON-RICHMOND-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ROXBORO...OXFORD...HENDERSON...
WARRENTON...ROANOKE RAPIDS...WINSTON-SALEM...GREENSBORO...
HIGH POINT...BURLINGTON...CHAPEL HILL...DURHAM...LOUISBURG...
NASHVILLE...LEXINGTON...ASHEBORO...PITTSBORO...RALEIGH...
ALBEMARLE...TROY...SOUTHERN PINES...SANFORD...WADESBORO...
ROCKINGHAM
426 AM EST FRI JAN 18 2008

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY
AFTERNOON. 

PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA
DURING THE DAY ON SATURDAY. AS IT DOES SO...MUCH COLDER AIR WILL
SPREAD INTO THE AREA FROM THE WEST. THE AIRMASS APPEARS TO BE COLD
ENOUGH AT THE ONSET OF THE EVENT SATURDAY MORNING FOR MOST OF THE
PRECIPITATION TO FALL AS SNOW ACROSS THE WESTERN PIEDMONT. FURTHER
EAST TOWARD THE NORTHERN PIEDMONT AND NORTHEAST COASTAL PLAIN...THE
PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY START OUT AS A COLD RAIN SATURDAY MORNING
BUT SHOULD CHANGE OVER TO SNOW DURING THE LATE MORNING OR EARLY
AFTERNOON.

SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE...WHICH COULD
CAUSE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS TO TRAVEL.

SOME UNCERTAINTY STILL EXISTS WITH THIS EVENT. THE EXACT TRACK OF
THE SURFACE LOW AND THE TIMING OF THE COLDER AIR WILL ULTIMATELY
DETERMINE THE SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION POTENTIAL.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

$$

JFB/RHJ