Cold, snow usher in spring season

The first few days of spring in western North Carolina haven’t felt very spring like.

In fact, it was bitterly cold Thursday morning and some locations here in Macon County saw some snowfall Wednesday night into Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, a low of 6 degrees was reported on Wayah Bald (elevation 5469 ft) at 7:00 a.m. Thursday.

A low of 19 was reported in Franklin on Friday morning.

Chris Horne with the National Weather Service says conditions are well below normal for early spring, “Normal temperatures are around 30, maybe 29, for the Franklin area this time of year. Normal highs are around 57.”

Horne says temps will be milder into the weekend due to increase clouds and possible rain showers, but the cold spell will be around for the next several days, “Once that storm passes through on Sunday, it will reinforce the below normal streak through at least mid-week.”

The Franklin area saw some light snow Wednesday night, but at 4500 feet six miles north of Highlands, 2 inches of snow was recorded.