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UPDATE: All of WNC upgraded to enhanced risk of severe storms

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Wednesday Update: Severe weather returns before a cool down & mountain snow (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

All of Western North Carolina has been upgraded to an enhanced risk of severe storms on Wednesday.

A Flash Flood Watch has also been issued for Stephens, Franklin, Hart, Elbert, Anderson, Abbeville and Greenwood counties until late tonight.

WNC will see scattered severe storms with strong wind, hail and a slight chance for tornadoes on Wednesday. The Upstate and NE Georgia has a higher risk for severe storms, and a greater chance for strong tornadoes.

Make plans now to find your 'safe place' if a Tornado Warning is issued where you live. If you live in a mobile home, make plans to spend the afternoon and evening in a sturdy building.


The area will continue to see storms into the early afternoon, most likely in the southern mountains and Upstate. The second, and more powerful round, of severe storms will be Wednesday evening through midnight.

If you hear thunder, go indoors as lightning is nearby. If your area is under a severe thunderstorm warning, take shelter immediately. If your area is under a tornado warning, go to the bottom level of your home and inside an interior room. Mobile homes and vehicles are very dangerous places during tornadoes. Find a sturdy structure nearby if a tornado warning is issued for your area.

The severe storm threat will decrease by midnight Wednesday. Cold weather will return behind the departing system. Snow will likely fall in the high elevations, above 3,500' by Thursday night and Friday morning. There is a slight chance for a rain/snow mix down in the valleys.

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