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Above Normal Temps Continue; Heavy Rain Wednesday
Published: 2.17.18 8:54am
Good Morning Folks! It feels like we took a big jump from winter into spring and although the next 5 – 10 days paint a rather warm and at times, soggy picture, we are still very much likely to see another round of cold and perhaps wintry precip before this season is all said and done. There have been many seasons in which snow has fallen into April and May, more so for the ridgelines but we have learned to never say never when it comes to the weather in the mountains. Old timey lecture aside, it looks like today will be a wet one, while sunshine returns tomorrow to salvage the weekend, but looking at the work and school week ahead, it seems we’ll continue to deal with (or enjoy) above average temps and periods of rain. We don’t expect any sub freezing temps for the next 7 days and this is not what snow lovers want to hear, but trust in that with every winter thaw we typically experience a dramatic swing back to winter just before the season comes to a close.
Clouds have and will continue to increase across the region this morning, with temps in the low – mid 40’s across the region, eventually rising to the upper 40’s – mid 50’s this afternoon. Showers move in around midday and linger through the day with no heavy rain expected, but a steady flow of light – moderate showers are expected into the evening hours. Showers wind down this evening as the front migrates north and east, allowing temps to dip into the upper 30’s along the higher elevations and low – mid 40’s for the majority of us in the valleys.
Eventually a high pressure system will slide overhead and setup mostly sunny skies for the area tomorrow and we highly encourage you to get out and about as the next 5 – 7 days look cloudy and wet. Temps will rise to the low 50’s – low 60’s depending upon elevation and dip back into the low – upper 40’s overnight into Monday, with clouds developing past sunset and showers firing up after midnight.
Rain chances Monday into Tuesday look healthy, but we don’t expect a washout as we have to wait on a front that is slated to arrive Wednesday afternoon, however the developing flow ahead of this front will develop upslope showers. This will translate into more shower activity for those closer to the SC state line, while areas closer to Waynesville see a bit less. Rain is likely to become heavy at times Wednesday as the front rolls through the region, with lingering light showers continuing into Thursday. Temps Monday will push into the mid 50’s – low 60’s and peak to the low – upper 60’s Tuesday and Wednesday, with a possible low 70’s reading in places like Franklin and Sylva.
Overall, wet today, sunny and pleasant tomorrow and then more rain Monday through Thursday with temps well above normal for mid – late February. ENJOY!