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Major Storm Pounding California; Winter Weather Threats Through This Weekend From the Central to Eastern U.S.

The last and strongest in a week-long parade of Pacific storms is pounding California with a variety of hazards, including heavy rainfall, mountain snow and flooding near recent wildfire burn scars. Meanwhile, a weak, progressive system may produce light snow from the Ohio Valley into the northern Mid-Atlantic region through early Friday. Then a major winter storm will develop for the weekend. Read More >


Our office broadcasts continuous weather information and short fused warnings on 9 transmitters serving Northeast Georgia, Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina

Call Sign Frequency Location
WXJ-21 162.550 MHz Greenville, SC
WXL-56 162.400 MHz Asheville, NC
WXL-70 162.475 MHz Charlotte, NC
WWH-24 162.425 MHz Toccoa, GA
WWG-82 162.525 MHz Nantahala, NC
KXI-81 162.450 MHz Rabun, GA
WNG-538 162.450 MHz Linville, NC
KHC-27 162.425 MHz Rock Hill, SC
KJY-85 162.525 MHz Mooresville, NC

NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can usually be heard within a 40 mile radius of the antenna site, sometimes more. The effective range depends on many factors, particularly the height of the broadcasting antenna, terrain, quality of the receiver, and type of receiving antenna. The maps below shows transmitter locations in our County Warning Area (CWA), as well as transmitters close to our CWA.


NOAA Weather Radio coverage areas with SAME numbers NOAA Weather Radio coverage areas with county codes

Left-hand Map: NOAA Weather Radio coverage areas with SAME numbers.Right-hand Map:NOAA Weather Radio coverage areas with county codes

The following is a list of the counties that each transmitter serves. Click on the links to the right of the station name and ID to see a county map of the broadcast service area, or a map of the transmitter coverage area.

Some of the counties in the GSP CWA can also receive SAME/tone alerts from surrounding NWR transmitters. Below is a list of these transmitters and the corresponding counties. The location of each transmitter is denoted by the yellow circles on the map above.

  • Athens, GA (WXK-56) - Coverage Map
    • Georgia: Elbert, Franklin, and Hart
  • Bristol, TN (WXK-47) - Coverage Map
    • North Carolina: Avery, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey
  • Buck Mountain, NC (WWF-60) - Coverage Map
    • North Carolina: Cabarrus, Rowan, and Union
  • Cleveland, GA (WXJ-53) - Coverage Map
    • Georgia: Franklin, Habersham, Hart, and Stephens
  • Kirksey, SC (KHC-28) - Coverage Map
    • Georgia: Elbert
    • South Carolina: Abbeville, Greenwood, and Laurens
  • Mount Jefferson, NC (WNG-588) - Coverage Map
    • North Carolina: Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba, and Iredell
  • Winston-Salem, NC (WXL-42) - Coverage Map
    • North Carolina: Alexander, Davie, Iredell, and Rowan

SAME Weather Radios

For those with SAME (Specific Area Message Encoder) radios, there is a link to a table with a list of county codes: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia

The GSP office has the responsibility to SAME/tone alert hazardous watches and warnings on its 9 transmitters. Below is a list of weather and non-weather related products, and the SAME/tone alert guidelines for those products. YES means that the product is SAME/tone alerted and NO means that the product is not SAME/tone alerted. No advisory products are SAME/tone alerted.

Weather Related Hazards - SAME/Tone Alert Procedures

Product Watch Warning
Tornado YES YES
Severe Thunderstorm YES YES
Flash Flood YES*1 YES
Areal Flood YES*1 YES
River Flood (Forecast Point) NO YES*2
Winter Storm NO YES*1
High Wind NO YES*1
Wind Chill/Excessive Heat NO YES*1

Non-Weather Related Hazards - SAME/Tone Alert Procedures

Product Watch Warning
Child Abduction Emergency NA YES*1
Civil Emergency Message NA YES
Earthquake NA YES
Routine Weekly Test NA YES

*1 - Blackout period is desirable, with consideration of the onset time of the event. Product is not SAME/tone alerted between 11pm and 7am, unless the event is ongoing or is expected to begin within the blackout time period.

*2 - Initial issuances and categorical upgrades (moderate, major, near record) are SAME/tone alerted, with blackout period constraints (as described in *1).

Links and Contact Information

For additional information on NOAA Weather Radio, go to Official NWR Home page

Any comments, questions or suggestions, please e-mail our NOAA Weather Radio Focal Point.