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Gorgeous Memorial Day Weather

Published: 5.30.16 7:24am

Good Morning Folks! First off we want to congratulate the WCU Baseball team for winning the 2016 SoCon Tournament yesterday, automatically qualifying them for the NCAA Regionals. In tandem, we also want to pass along a belated congratulation to our Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Team for picking up yet another SoCon Championship a few weeks ago! But to not forget why we are off from work today (its more than just a day off), we also want to thank all of our military veterans for their service and more so, those who have given their lives for our freedom. 

Back to the weather… we’ll deal with pleasant yet warm weather today through Wednesday and by the end of the week we’ll find scattered showers developing across the region. Isolated showers are possible today through Wednesday, however the majority of the action will be confined to the higher ridgelines or the southernmost sections of Macon, Jackson, Haywood and most all of Transylvania county. By Thursday enough moisture will be present for scattered pop up showers, while Friday and Saturday feature a passing cold front which will bring us scattered to widespread showers. Temps will remain above average but still pleasant for early June standards as they rise to the mid 60’s – low 80’s for the most part. All in all the week ahead looks ideal in that we experience sunshine early in the week and showers by the end of the week, which is needed as we maintain our moderate drought status. 

For those not working today, be sure to get out and about as mostly sunny skies sit overhead and temps push into the mid 60’s – low 80’s depending upon elevation. Partly cloudy skies are likely past midday with a few light showers developing across the Highlands Plateau. Partly cloudy skies will continue across the region tonight and temps will settle back into the mid 50’s – low 60’s. 

Tuesday and Wednesday will follow today’s lead with sunny skies to start the day and partly cloudy skies to end the day, alongside a few light showers each afternoon. The best chance for shower development remains along the Highlands Plateau, but we’ll also throw into the mix, the Snowbird Mtns, Cowee Mtns and Great Balsams. Temps each afternoon will once again push into the mid 60’s – low 80’s, with Wednesday a degree or two warmer than Tuesday. Overnight lows will settle into the mid 50’s – low 60’s once again, with all shower activity ending by the late evening hours, followed by partly cloudy skies each night. If you need to cut and dry your field then start today as the next few days will allow for proper drying, but be sure to bail before late Thursday afternoon.

Thursday into next weekend looks to be our best chance for showers across the region and Saturday may be our best chance for something region wide. Pop up showers sound ambiguous and the description is certainly meant to be a catch all, however it seems most of SW NC may experience a passing shower Thursday and Friday as southerly flow brings ample moisture to the region. Saturday will bring us a passing cold front and this should be a short lived region wide rain event early in the day, one that may provide heavy rain if we are lucky. Before you go off and say why would you want it to rain on the weekend, let’s not forget we are still in a moderate drought and could use 2 – 3” to breakeven on the season. Temps Thursday into Saturday cool down slightly as temps rise to the low 60’s – upper 70’s due to increasing cloud cover and showers across the region, which is as close to normal as we have been in some time. Taking a quick peek into next week it seems temps will be cooler than this weekend. 

Overall, gorgeous today through Wednesday then showers return to the region Thursday, sticking around through Saturday. ENJOY! 

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