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Warmer Temps arrive Sunday; Near 60°F Wednesday

Published: 2.27.15 6:07am

Good Morning Folks! Temps are fairly cold across the region as they sit in the mid teens – mid 20’s depending upon elevation and we don’t expect them to rise to far this afternoon, only climbing to the upper 20’s – upper 30’s. Northerly flow across the region will continue today and as such we keep enough moisture around to produce partly cloudy – partly sunny skies across the region, with enough low level moisture this morning to squeeze out some flurries before midday. Tonight we expect mostly cloudy skies to setup shop, however temps will still be able to dip into the upper teens – mid 20’s as weak cold air damming develops across the Carolinas. 

With weak cold air damming setting up this weekend, we can expect another chilly day for Saturday as temps only rise to the low 30’s – low 40’s depending upon elevation. There should be a mixed bag of clouds and sun on Saturday with the southernmost portion of the region dealing with more clouds than areas along the TN line, as places such as Highlands and Lake Toxaway are closer to the cold air damming influence. Overnight into Sunday the models show a weak disturbance swinging through the region, more so during the pre dawn hours on Sunday, however with temps in the mid 20’s – low 30’s it is possible sleet or freezing rain develops before sunrise. We do not expect this to be a big deal as the moisture looks rather weak on the modeling, but please take caution if heading out before sunrise on Sunday. 

Whatever does fall early Sunday morning, it will be extremely light in both intensity and coverage and as a cold front approaches from the west, much warmer air will move into the region and kick everything over to a light rain. Temps will eventually push into the low 40’s – low 50’s depending upon elevation and Sunday starts a trend of warmer temps that last through the middle of the week, possibly reaching 60°F by Wednesday! There should be more clouds than sun overhead and moving into the overnight hours we will find a gradual increase in precip coverage and rest assured all precip will fall as rain as temps settle into the upper 30’s – low 40’s. 

Monday and Tuesday offer up spotty light showers each day while Wednesday features a more region wide rain event, possibly transitioning into a heavy rain event as southerly flow really ramps up by mid week. Temps Monday rise to the low 40’s – low 50’s again and by Tuesday they climb to the upper 40’s – mid 50’s, however by Wednesday they soar to the upper 40’s – low 60’s! This could change of course as we near the event, however the notion that 60’s are even possible is something to look forward to as we all need a little bit of warmth in our lives after the over foot of snow that fell last week. Rain amounts for early next week look light, perhaps amounting to a half inch both days and the chance for much higher amounts on Wednesday is increasing, so plan accordingly. Speaking of planning, if the Tuesday WCU baseball game cannot be played because of rain then that would make 5 games in a row and over two weeks of postponements and cancellations due to the weather, with Wednesday possibly making number 6; a tough year for outdoor spring sports. 

Overall, chilly today and tomorrow with a slight chance for wintry precip Saturday night followed by a somewhat warm Sunday and then we turn up the heat so to speak early next week as we hit the mid 50’s – low 60’s, however accompanied by scattered showers, but we’ll take that setup any day when talking about early March. ENJOY! 

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