National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...ADDED GRANDFATHER MTN
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
200 PM EST SAT DEC 20 2003


...PRELIMINARY UNOFFICIAL REPORTS FROM COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS 
CENTERS...



IN NORTH CAROLINA...

AVERY...MAYBE AN ADDITIONAL 1 INCH DURING THE EARLY MORNING. IT WAS 
STILL SNOWING AROUND 10 AM...BUT BECOMING A BIT LIGHTER. TOTAL OF 8 
TO 10 INCHES ON GROUND IN NEWLAND AND VERY DRIFTY...SOME PLACES ARE 
BARE AND OTHER PLACES WITH 2 TO 3 FEET DRIFTS. JUST OUTSIDE OF 
NEWLAND AT 400 FEET HIGHER ELEVATION AND MORE WIND SHELTERED 
AREA...MEASURED 12 TO 13 INCHES. BEECH MOUNTAIN HAS FROM 25 TO 30 
INCHES...WAS STILL SNOWING AND 7 DEGREES. EARLIER REPORTS HAD 12 TO 
18 INCHES BEING VERY TYPICAL AROUND AVERY COUNTY.  GRANDFATHER 
MOUNTAIN HAD 2 FEET OF SNOW ON THE GROUND...WITH 1 FOOT OF THAT 
FALLING LAST NIGHT.


BUNCOMBE...ADDITIONAL VERY LIGHT AMOUNTS VERY EARLY THIS MORNING. 
ALL SNOW HAS ENDED WITH BRIGHT SUNSHINE. EARLIER REPORTS HAD 7 TO 8 
INCH TOTALS IN WESTERN AND NORTHERN SECTIONS OF THE COUNTY. SIX 
INCHES ON FLAT TOP MOUNTAIN (EAST OF ASHEVILLE) WITH TEMPERATURE OF 
12 DEGREES EARLY THIS MORNING. BLACK MOUNTAIN HAD A TOTAL OF 5 
INCHES. BARNARDSVILLE HAD 6 INCHES. 2 INCHES AT CANDLER. 1 TO 2 
INCHES WERE COMMON ACROSS SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY AND IN THE 
CITY OF ASHEVILLE.


GRAHAM...5 INCHES IN ROBBINSVILLE. 10 INCHES AT 3850 FEET ELEVATION 
2 MILES WEST OF CEDAR MOUNTAIN (WESTERN PART OF COUNTY) WITH 12 
DEGREES AROUND 10 AM.


HENDERSON...AMOUNTS AROUND THE COUNTY RANGED FROM NEAR AN INCH IN 
NORTHERN SECTIONS TO TRACE AMOUNTS GENERALLY AROUND HENDERSONVILLE 
AND SOUTHWARD. SUNSHINE WAS OUT IN LATE MORNING.


HAYWOOD...VARIED AROUND THE COUNTY. 3 INCHES TOTAL AROUND 
WAYNESVILLE.  2 INCHES AT WATERVILLE LAKE.  2 TO 3 INCHES IN THE 
CENTRAL PART OF THE COUNTY.  6 TO 8 INCHES ALONG THE INTERSTATE 40 
CORRIDOR TOWARD THE TENNESSEE LINE.  AS MUCH AS 18 INCHES FELL IN 
THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS. 14 TO 16 INCHES FELL AT SOCO GAP.

JACKSON...TOTAL SNOW IN SYLVA WAS 4 TO 6 INCHES. CASHIERS HAD A 
TOTAL OF AROUND 6 INCHES. TOTAL OF 3 INCHES NEAR WHITTIER. REPORTS 
OF OVER 12 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE BALSAMS.

MACON...2 INCHES WERE COMMON IN THE CENTRAL PART OF COUNTY. UP TO 6 
INCHES OCCURRED NEAR HIGHLANDS AND AT WAYAH BALD.

MADISON...THE SNOW WAS ENDING LATE THIS MORNING. MARSHALL HAD A 
TOTAL OF 6 TO 8 INCHES. 12 TO 13 INCHES NEAR HOT SPRINGS. AT LEAST A 
FOOT OF SNOW COMMON ALONG THE TENNESSEE BORDER. FROM 22 TO 24 INCHES 
AT WOLF LAUREL. 13 TO 14 INCHES AT MARS HILL. 15 TO 16 INCHES AT 
SAMS GAP. STILL SOME SNOW SHOWERS OCCURRING AT NOON.

MITCHELL...8 INCH TOTAL AT SPRUCE PINE. 6 TO 8 INCHES WERE COMMON 
FROM SPRUCE PINE TO BAKERSVILLE. 16 INCHES AT BULADEAN. 12 TO 16 
INCHES WERE COMMON NEAR TENNESSEE BORDER.

SWAIN...BRYSON CITY HAD A TOTAL OF 5 INCHES. 3 TO 5 INCHES WERE 
COMMON SOUTH OF THE PARK. NEWFOUND GAP HAD 14 INCHES. 

TRANSYLVANIA...4 INCHES TOTAL AT LAKE TOXAWAY.  THE REST OF THE 
COUNTY HAD LESS...SUCH AS BREVARD AND SOUTHWARD GENERALLY HAD A HALF 
INCH OR LESS.

YANCEY...A TOTAL OF 10 INCHES IN BURNSVILLE. 11 INCHES AT BALD 
CREEK. 9 INCHES IN MICAVILLE. 15 INCHES ON BALD MOUNTAIN. MOUNT 
MITCHELL HAD A TOTAL OF 30 INCHES ON THE GROUND...WITH 2 INCHES OF 
THAT PREVIOUS TO THIS EVENT. MOUNT MITCHELL HAD A LOW OF 3 DEGREES 
AND THAT HAD GOTTEN UP TO 12 DEGREES BY NOON. THE DRIFTS ON MITCHELL 
WERE WAY OVER THE RANGERS HEADS. THE SNOW WAS GRADUALLY 
ENDING.

IN GEORGIA...

RABUN...1 TO 2 INCHES OCCURRED IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY. 
MAINLY JUST TRACE AMOUNTS IN SOUTHERN SECTIONS.

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PREVIOUS REPORTS HAD 6 TO 8 INCHES ON JONAS RIDGE IN THE MOUNTAINS 
OF BURKE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA. OTHER FOOTHILL LOCATIONS HAD A 
DUSTING...MAINLY IN NORTH CAROLINA. THE MAIN ROADS IN THE MOUNTAINS 
WERE IN GOOD SHAPE...EXCEPT A FEW IN THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS. 
SECONDARY ROADS WERE GENERALLY IN BAD SHAPE AS THEY CONTINUED TO BE 
ICE COVERED.