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Eclipse Forecast Improving

Published: 8.17.17 10:08am

Good Morning Folks! Moisture is slowly creeping back into the region today and this will translate to pop up showers this afternoon and when coupled with a passing front tomorrow, we expect scattered thunderstorms to move through later in the day Friday. Saturday and Sunday both offer up more sun than clouds and the trend is moving toward mostly sunny skies, so be sure soak up the sun this weekend. All eyes are on the Monday forecast as the Eclipse moves overhead during the early afternoon hours and the latest set of models indicate mostly sunny – partly cloudy skies, with showers arriving closer to sunset. This is great news and we will continue to monitor the models as things could change, but the overall pattern is trending in the right direction. Temps today through next week will be at or slightly below normal for this time of the year, with highs in the low – mid 80’s each afternoon, peaking to 86˚F Saturday afternoon across the lower elevations. All in all, the pattern is fairly typical for the middle of August as we deal with showers, sunshine, muggy conditions and then a stretch of lower than normal dewpoints. 

Today features passing clouds overhead before midday but this should give way to mostly sunny skies for a few hours, before showers develop around the 3 – 6pm timeframe. Showers will develop across the ridgelines first and then propagate eastward, rolling into the piedmont, so a fairly typical summertime setup. Temps will rise to the low 70’s – mid 80’s this afternoon, cooling to the low – mid 60’s tonight under partly cloudy skies with a few light showers during the evening hours. 

Friday brings us a passing band of thunderstorms closer to the evening hours, with clouds developing around midday, keeping temps to the mid 80’s. Although this is slightly above normal, this is welcomed as moisture levels will create for muggy conditions to end the work and school week. Most of the region will pick up a quarter – half inch of rain and showers will wind down through the evening hours, with cloudy skies giving way to partly cloudy skies past midnight; temps dip into the low – mid 60’s. 

Saturday and Sunday offer up mostly sunny – partly cloudy skies, with a few showers possible late Sunday along the ridgelines and closer to the SC state line. Temps will hit the mid 80’s each afternoon along the valley floor, only reaching the mid 70’s along the ridgelines. Overnight lows dip into the low – mid 60’s each night, with isolated showers possible Sunday night. 

Monday and Tuesday will bring moisture back into the region but it should take some time for clouds to build and showers to develop and the latest cloud cover models show either mostly sunny – partly cloudy skies by the time the Eclipse occurs. Showers will move in late Monday, likely during the evening hours and stick around through part of the day Tuesday, with temps rising to the low – mid 80’s both days. Check back in as this may change, but the overall trend is improving and favorable for Eclipse viewers. 

Overall, pleasant today, scattered thunderstorms tomorrow, sunny this weekend and then moisture returning early next week. ENJOY! 

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