It’s finally here! Frankenstorm has arrived and the effects are already being felt across the region. Snow started to fall last night at the higher elevations and areas such as Beech and Sugar have seen an inch or two as of this morning. Everyone else is starting to see snowfall this morning and the winds have picked up drastically. Grandfather Mountain had a wind gust of 68mph just a little bit ago and the worst of the winds haven’t even arrived yet!
Over the next few days, Hurricane Sandy will make landfall in New Jersey and move inland over Pennsylvania, combining with a cold front and upper level system. Snow will continue through Wednesday afternoon and totals should break records for October snowfall. At times, blizzard conditions will exist as the winds will be INTENSE. Snowfall totals look to be in the foot plus range for the highest elevations near the Tennessee border with most other locations seeing 2-8″ with the eastern portion of the region being on the low end of that range .
Conditions improve Thursday but temperatures remain on the chilly side. Friday sees more of the same with temps moderting several degrees. The weekend looks really nice as sunshine returns and high temperatures will increase significantly.
Stay safe everyone! It’s going to be a crazy few days.