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Scattered Showers Sunday; Widespread Showers Monday
Published: 12.3.16 8:01am
Good Morning Folks! The next seven days should provide everyone with their favorite weather, minus those who enjoy the heat. We’ll deal with normal and slightly below normal temps, region wide rainfall for a few days, breezy conditions and finally, the coldest temps of the season with a possible shot of snow late next week! Clouds will increase across the region today, followed by light showers tonight, eventually expanding into scattered showers tomorrow. Another round of rain develops Monday afternoon and wraps up Tuesday morning, with clearing skies Wednesday and a possible round of light snow and colder temps Thursday into next Friday. For now, we feel confident about the forecast which includes the shot of snow late next week, but be sure to check back in over time to see if adjustments will be made.
Clouds will develop out of the SW throughout the day, eventually resulting in mostly cloudy skies by the mid – late afternoon hours. This will keep temps to the mid 40’s – mid 50’s depending upon elevation, followed by overnight lows settling into the low 30’s – low 40’s depending upon elevation. Isolated showers will develop sometime during the evening hours and slowly expand as the night moves along, with precip falling as snow above 5000’ across the region. Now, we don’t want to cause too much excitement but we are going against our previous forecast and now including a light dusting of snow for places such as the Great Balsams, Smokies and perhaps even as low in elevation as the Cataloochee Divide. Again, nothing to write home about as light snow will quickly kick over to rain early Sunday morning, with most of the region picking up a tenth of an inch of rain by sunrise.
Sunday brings us scattered showers throughout the day, more so from the late morning hours to the mid afternoon hours, with most of SW NC picking up a quarter – half inch of rain. With temps only rising to the mid 40’s – low 50’s it will likely be a dreary end to the weekend, but don’t let this discourage you from getting out and about, just simply dress for the weather. Temps Sunday night will settle into the low 40’s for the most part under mostly cloudy skies and isolated showers, which will continue into Monday morning.
Monday and Tuesday bring us widespread rainfall to the region which will likely amount to an inch or two by the time shower activity winds down, which should be sometime around the noon timeframe on Tuesday. Temps will continue to be right around normal for this time of the year as they reach the upper 40’s – mid 50’s each afternoon, with overnight lows generally in the low – mid 40’s due to lingering cloud cover. The bulk of the rain will arrive late Monday afternoon and continue into the overnight hours, beginning to scale back just before sunrise Tuesday. This round of rain should help suppress some wildfires, but perhaps not put them out.
By the time Wednesday morning rolls around all the rain will off to our NE and clearing skies will be underway, however this will only be short lived as a front is slated to move through sometime Thursday. This front will usher in the coldest temps of the year, prompting light snow to fall across the region Thursday night into Friday. Many locations across the higher terrain will remain below freezing Thursday and Friday, while the rest of us deal with temps in the 40’s. We’ll stop there as many days lay ahead, but the take home should be to prepare for colder weather, whether that means stocking up on heating fuel or dusting off the heavier winter jackets.
Overall, pleasant enough today, scattered showers tomorrow, widespread rain Monday into Tuesday and then clearing skies Wednesday followed by the coldest temps of the season Thursday into next weekend. ENJOY!