WWUS82 KGSP 040836

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
336 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018

Catawba-Rowan-Graham-Northern Jackson-Macon-Southern Jackson-
Cabarrus-Union-Caldwell Mountains-Greater Caldwell-
Burke Mountains-Greater Burke-McDowell Mountains-Eastern McDowell-
Rutherford Mountains-Greater Rutherford-Polk Mountains-
Eastern Polk-Oconee Mountains-Pickens Mountains-
Greenville Mountains-Greater Oconee-Greater Pickens-
Greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Cherokee-York-Anderson-Abbeville-
Including the cities of Clayton, Pine Mountain, Mountain City, 
Cornelia, Baldwin, Demorest, Clarkesville, Hollywood, Boydville, 
Toccoa, Royston, Whitworth, Lavonia, Franklin Springs, Canon, 
Hartwell, Nuberg, Reed Creek, Elberton, Fortsonia, Middleton, 
Ruckersville, Ingalls, Banner Elk, Newland, Bethlehem, Ellendale, 
Millersville, Taylorsville, Hiddenite, Stony Point, Statesville, 
Mooresville, Farmington, Fork Church, Mocksville, Advance, Faust, 
Mars Hill, Marshall, Walnut, Allenstand, Hot Springs, Luck, 
Swiss, Burnsville, Celo, Micaville, Ramseytown, Busick, 
Mount Mitchell State Park, Spruce Pine, Poplar, Newfound Gap, 
Alarka, Almond, Bryson City, Luada, Smokemont, Wesser, 
Waynesville, Waterville, Canton, Cruso, Cove Creek, 
Lake Junaluska, Asheville, Hickory, Newton, St. Stephens, 
Salisbury, Robbinsville, Stecoah, Cullowhee, Tuckasegee, Sylva, 
Franklin, Rainbow Springs, Kyle, Nantahala Lake, Highlands, 
Wolf Mountain, Cashiers, Brevard, Cedar Mountain, Little River, 
Hendersonville, Fletcher, Dana, East Flat Rock, Tuxedo, Etowah, 
Shelby, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Crouse, Gastonia, Charlotte, 
Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Kannapolis, Monroe, Trinity, 
Indian Trail, Weddington, Patterson, Kings Creek, Lenoir, 
Sawmills, Granite Falls, Jonas Ridge, Morganton, Pleasant Grove, 
Valdese, Ashford, Sugar Hill, Woodlawn, Old Fort, Marion, Nebo, 
Dysartsville, Fero, Glenwood, Lake Lure, Forest City, 
Rutherfordton, Spindale, Saluda, Tryon, Columbus, Lake Adger, 
Mill Spring, Mountain Rest, Walhalla, Westminster, Pumpkintown, 
Tigerville, Gowensville, Caesars Head, Cleveland, Marietta, 
Seneca, Oakway, Easley, Dacusville, Clemson, Greenville, Taylors, 
Greer, Mauldin, Fork Shoals, Simpsonville, Berea, Spartanburg, 
Gaffney, Catawba, Rock Hill, Anderson, Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, 
Laurens, Clinton, Union, Monarch Mills, Blackstock, Chester, 
Cornwell, Great Falls, Ware Shoals, and Ninety Six
336 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018


A very cold arctic airmass has built over the region and will 
persist through Sunday. Expect temperatures to fall into the 
single digits to teens across the mountains at times each night, 
with lows in the teens to 20s across the foothills and piedmont 
this week. Daytime maximum temperatures will struggle to get above
the freezing mark most days this week, especially across the 
mountains where highs in the 20s will be common.

The cold weather will likely result in high demand for 
electricity across the region. Power outages may result from the 
heavy electrical load. Those who require electricity for heating 
or medical equipment should consider having backup heat or 
electrical sources available.

Take steps now to protect your property and health from the 
extreme cold. If you go outside, wear several layers of loose 
fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy
clothing. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat and cover 
your mouth with a scarf. It is imperative that parents make sure 
children returning to school this week are prepared for the 
prolonged cold, especially if they will be outside waiting at bus 
stops in the mornings. If driving, keep your gas tank near full to
avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Check your antifreeze and 
windshield washer fluid levels. Be sure to carry a fully charged 
cell phone.

While at home, consider allowing indoor plumbing fixtures to drip
to permit water to trickle through pipes and inhibit freezing. 
Use caution with space heaters in order to avoid fire or injury. 
If emergency generators will be used, they must be situated 
outdoors in well-ventilated areas to prevent carbon monoxide 
poisoning. Also, remember to check in on family, friends, and 
elderly neighbors who might be susceptible to the cold. Do not 
forget about your pets and livestock. Make sure they have a source
of water that will not freeze and a warm place to take shelter 
from the wind and cold.

Do not attempt to walk on frozen ponds, lakes, or streams, as the
ice will not be thick enough to support the weight - even of a 

A cold wave is defined as average daily temperatures 12 degrees or
more below normal mid-January average daily temperatures for 48
hours or longer. Normal mid-January average daily temperatures
are, for Asheville 37, Charlotte 41, and GSP 42. By definition it
follows that a cold wave is when the average daily temperature for
Asheville is 25, Charlotte is 29, and GSP is 30.



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