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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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    Weather Blog: Wintry weather possible next week

    There is a lot of buzz on social media about the chance of an end-of-the-world, North Carolina blizzard on Tuesday, March 25th.  Blizzard?  Not likely, but here are some things that point our forecast in the direction of wintry weather on Tuesday. Several medium-range models spin up a coastal low off FL/GA that travels up the Carolina coastlines by Tuesday afternoon.  It’s nice to see even a little agreement five days out, and that’s why we’re all a little breathless […]

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    Ice covers the Piedmont, Winter Weather advisory remains until noon

    The Winter Weather Advisory continues for the Piedmont until noon today. Ice and sleet totals have been between 0.1 inch and 0.25 inch. Temperatures will be above freezing by this afternoon, and should stay above freezing into the overnight hours in the Triad. The exception will be counties to the north and west, where temperatures will be near 32 degrees, which includes communities along the Blue Ridge. Bridges and overpasses will be the biggest challenge to morning commuters. Temperatures are […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning expires for Guilford, Forsyth, Davidson counties

    A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has expired for Forsyth County and portions of Guilford and Davidson counties. View the FOX8 Interactive Radar. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are in effect for the afternoon and evening hours. For the area under a High Wind Warning, sustained winds will be 20-30 mph with gusts above 40 mph. For the area under a Wind Advisory, sustained winds will be 18-22 mph with gusts above 30 mph. High Point Fire Department says high winds […]

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    Wintry mix ends, slick roads remain for morning commute

    The wintry mix has ended but the National Weather Service is cautioning motorists about “dangerous weather conditions” Tuesday morning. Temperatures dipped into the upper teens Monday night and much of the moisture and snow on the roads has re-frozen. The NWS said snow and ice covered roads will continue to produce hazardous travel through noon Tuesday for the entire central Piedmont. “Patchy to solid areas of black ice are expected on many roads that currently remain wet or slush covered […]

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    Downed trees reported near King; storms racing across NC

    A line of thunderstorms moved through the Piedmont this morning, bringing gusty winds and thunder to many locations. There are multiple reports of downed trees in King, including a tree that fell on Brown Road on Friday morning. The line of storms is racing across North Carolina and is expected to impact eastern North Carolina later today. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for the eastern Piedmont expired at 10:30 a.m. A Tornado Watch has been issued for Alamance County. The […]

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    Slight risk of severe thunderstorms across Triad Friday

    Bad weather for the Triad may not be over just yet. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has the Triad at a slight risk for severe weather with the primary threat being damaging winds. A strong cold front will cross North Carolina on Friday. The SPC has trimmed back the probabilities of severe weather from 30 percent to 15 percent from a line just west of Danville-Greensboro-Charlotte to the coast. Winds are going to pick up tonight ahead of the cold […]

  • Weather to warm up, chance of rain this week

    We have one cooler day to get through, then dramatic improvement will sweep into the Piedmont. Clouds will increase across our skies today as a cold front makes its way toward the Carolinas. With steady easterly winds today, temperatures are going to be 10 degrees or more below normal by afternoon. Despite clouds, precipitation will hold off until the overnight hours. Expect very little measurable rain. Highs will be in the lower 40s and lows tonight will slip to around […]

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    Snow ends, temperatures warming up; let the melting begin

    A major winter storm is still expected to spread across North Carolina on Wednesday and early Thursday.

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    Snow moves out, hazardous road conditions remain

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. –The snow that fell throughout most of Tuesday evening has stopped, but now folks are dealing with hazardous road conditions. Crews are working to clear roads, but with the temperatures hovering below freezing it may be a few days before the Piedmont thaws out. Temperatures will remain very cold Wednesday, topping out around 29 degrees by this afternoon, and untreated, secondary roads will remain a hazard through midday Thursday. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until […]

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    More significant snow expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon

    The cold air is here, and snow is on the way. This storm system will bring snow to parts of North Carolina around midday as temperatures today hover in the 20s. Some areas could see some light scattered light snow showers before noon Tuesday, but the heavier precipitation will arrive Tuesday afternoon. Here’s the latest from Van Denton (4:25 p.m.): Snow will fall this evening and early tonight and then it will all shift to the eastern part of the […]

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    Skies clearing across the Piedmont

    Skies are clearing across the Piedmont and temperatures will drop in the pre-dawn hours. Even so, many area schools are operating on a 2-hour delay. Closings and Delays The rest of the day will be mostly sunny and dry. Expect highs to be chillier than the past couple of days, in the mid-’40s. Temperatures for the next several days will be on a roller coaster. Friday highs are going to closer to the normal high, near 48 degrees, but by […]

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    Brutally cold temperatures sweep across the Piedmont

    Bitterly cold air arrived overnight in the Piedmont. But it’s a DRY cold… Nothing makes this morning’s temperatures feel better. We started the day with a new record low temperature (Midnight: 10°, Previous record: 14°), but temperatures have continued to drop since then. The most recent low for the day is 6°, occurring at both 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wind chills have been soundly in the negative digits all morning. This is life-threatening cold for humans and pets, so […]