CLAYTON, Ga. – Rabun County is under a flash flood watch until Thursday, October at 8 p.m.
Neighboring North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia counties are also under a flash flood watch until Thursday.
The National Weather Service Office (NWS) cautioned residents to pay attention to later forecasts in case they need to take action.
In a longer weather report, NWS stated:
“Rounds of showers with embedded thunderstorms are expected tonight through Thursday. Additional rainfall totals of up to three to five inches are possible across the watch area during this period. There is potential for localized flash flooding and quick rises on rivers and creeks, given the wet ground from rainfall yesterday.”
The weather appears to improve by the weekend.
RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Reports of sleet and snow in Mountain City and Sky Valley started around 12:10 p.m. and Rabun County EMA urged caution for anyone on the road.
The National Weather Service out of Greenville, S.C. issued this winter weather advisory at 2:44 p.m.:
…ACCUMULATING SNOW EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THIS EVENING…
Moisture returning from the south into an increasingly cold airmass will produce accumulating snowfall across portions of the area from late afternoon through the evening. The precipitation
will begin as rain, or as a mix of sleet, rain, and snow in many areas, but should steadily transition to snow throughout the day, before tapering off by midnight.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT…
* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of one to three inches in the mountains. Generally a trace to up to two inches across portions of the Piedmont.
* WHERE…The mountains of the Carolinas and northeast Georgia, along with the entire North Carolina Piedmont, and the northern Upstate of South Carolina.
* WHEN…until midnight EST tonight.
* IMPACTS…Roads will initially be warm and wet, but with slippery conditions developing as temperatures fall through the late afternoon and early evening. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Widespread black ice will likely develop tonight through Friday morning as temperatures fall into the teens and 20s behind the storm.
Slow down and use caution while traveling.
Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at…1.800.267.8101. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.