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Contact: Emily.Byrd@wghp.com

Emily Byrd began studying the weather early in life, watching and listening for thunderstorms on the front porch. It was then that she developed a fascination with how the atmosphere behaves. There was never anything else that she wanted to do growing up than study the weather. Every evening at 6:16 p.m., she would leave the dinner table to catch Frank Deal doing the weather on WGHP. He always had a report from “our man” and a funny joke to share. Fred Blackman and Cynthia Smoot led the newscast and Rich Brenner signaled time to go back to the dinner table and finish eating. Two young upstarts joined the team, Neill McNeill and Van Denton, and the question on Emily’s mind was “Are those really their names?”

Time has a wonderful way of answering our questions, and in 2002 she had the honor of joining the team at WGHP. It’s great fun to walk the same halls as the people she grew up admiring and to be a part of the FOX 8 Family makes her work incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.

Emily grew up in the Triad, graduated from North Carolina State University with a Degree in Meteorology and from UNC-Greensboro with a Degree in Fine Arts. She worked at WXLV and WNCN before coming to WGHP.

When she isn’t working, Emily enjoys time with her mostly-perfect daughter, gardening, sewing and jogging.
If you have a weather-related question for Emily, please e-mail, or tweet her @Em_I_Am!

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    Latest hour-by-hour forecast as storm hits much of the Piedmont

    A mix of snow and sleet has already started falling across the Piedmont Triad. Radar is showing a lot of activity this morning. Most of it sleet in the southern Piedmont from Asheboro southward. Sleet is changing over to snow the further north you go. The Triad is mostly seeing an accumulation of snow. Temperatures are steadily dropping. Right now we are in the upper 20s in Winston-Salem and High Point. Earlier this morning, we were seeing temperatures closer to the […]

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    Here’s the latest hour-by-hour forecast for snow on Friday

    Anything that was liquid yesterday is still frozen this morning. Temperatures are in the mid-to-upper 20s this morning in the Triad. A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect for the Piedmont Triad at midnight. As we get into the evening, clouds start to creep back into the area. By Friday, we will start to see some sleet and snow between 3 and 4 a.m. There will be a wintry mix (snow/sleet/freezing rain) throughout the day on Friday for the Triad and […]

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    Take a look at an hour-by-hour snow forecast for Wednesday

    Wintry weather is headed our way this afternoon. We’re not as cold this morning as we have been the past few mornings, but temperatures are hovering in the 20-degree range. The high today is 35 degrees but once the snow starts you will see temperatures dropping a little bit. The bulk of the precipitation is still westward of the mountains, but some of the snow is expected to pass over the mountains and into the Piedmont. Accumulation in the Triad should […]

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    Winter weather is on the way; Emily Byrd tells us when it will arrive

    Temperatures were bitterly cold this morning and will continue to be through the day. Wind chills will be between 18 and 22 degrees all day and the actual temperature won’t rise above freezing. Overnight, skies remain mostly clear until just before daybreak. Temperatures will drop to the mid-teens once again, but winds will be calm so wind chill won’t be an issue. Clouds are going to increase throughout the day Wednesday as an upper-level disturbance dives toward the southern Appalachians. […]

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    Emily Byrd has the latest on the potential for winter weather

    Tuesday night will be bitterly cold. Please make sure all pets have a warm place and check on the elderly to make sure they are warm too. Temperatures never got much above freezing on Monday. The high was 33 degrees and temperatures have been dropping steadily since.  We expect lows around 14 degrees in the Triad cities and colder in the county-side. Some of our rural areas and northern counties could fall to near 10 degrees. The temperature in mountain areas […]

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    Heaviest rain expected Friday into Saturday; Emily Byrd has the latest

    There are still two different areas of concern and one is looking just as bad as before. The other is looking better. The first is the coastal low and front near the coast. This combined with the upper low over the southeastern U.S. will help produce flooding rainfall across North Carolina. The rain will pick up tonight and fall heavily at times late Friday into Saturday. The heaviest rain is expected to fall tonight from midnight until dawn on Saturday. […]

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    Hurricane Joaquin reaches category 3 ahead of significant rainfall; Emily Byrd has the latest

    The Piedmont is in for more rainfall — ahead of Hurricane Joaquin, which became a category 3 hurricane Wednesday night. This, along with other contributing factors, will result in significant rain in North Carolina. Rain will become more widespread throughout the day on Thursday and this trend continues into the weekend. A flash flood watch is in effect from 8 p.m. Thursday until 8 p.m. Sunday for the Triad all the way to the Triangle. Rainfall amounts should average around 6 inches […]

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    One Tank Trip: Bull City Escape

    Tom, Emily and Bree recently took a one-tank trip to Durham to take on Bull City Escape. If you love puzzles, this is for you! Gather some friends, co-workers or complete strangers who look really smart, and tackle this real-life escape game. You will be locked in a room together. You have to hunt for clues, solve puzzles and use teamwork to find the key that will lead you to freedom. You only have 60 minutes and will be allowed […]

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    Subtropical Storm Ana first named storm of 2015 hurricane season

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Ana was spawned off the coast of Georgia on Thursday as the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic tropical storm season. Technically, Ana is a subtropical storm because she didn’t form in tropical latitudes. She’s not packing anything close to hurricane force gales, but instead a stiff breeze of 45 mph maximum sustained winds, according to the National Weather Service. Ana is creeping at 2 mph toward land and is expected to arrive at the […]

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    Threat for severe weather across the Piedmont

    There is a threat of severe weather this afternoon and a Tornado Watch has been issued for Davie and Iredell counties until 8 p.m. The Storm Prediction Center has central and eastern North Carolina in the Enhanced Risk category for thunderstorms that could produce damaging winds and/or large hail. Bumped up again… SPC puts the Piedmont at an Enhanced Risk of severe weather. Details to follow on on #FOX8… pic.twitter.com/i8cfPGqOU1 — FOX8 Weather (@fox8weather) April 20, 2015 Probability of damaging […]

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    Piedmont counties under Winter Weather Advisory

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for several Piedmont counties until noon Friday due to the threat of black ice. Temperatures are falling and rain will be tapering off west to east by early evening. As this rain tapers off temperatures will be falling to near freezing and some of us will see some sleet and possibly a few snowflakes. Areas that get some rain when temperatures fall to 32 or colder will also see some light freezing rain. […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Piedmont, black ice expected

    There is a Winter Weather Advisory for black ice until 10 a.m. Friday. Wet roadways refroze overnight. Use caution during the morning commute and watch for black ice. Skies will remain cloudy to mostly cloudy through Saturday. Highs in the mid 30s and lows from the mid 20s tonight to the upper teens to near 20 Friday night/Saturday morning. On Sunday we start out cold in the low to mid 20s and then a chance for light rain returns late in […]


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