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Increasing Clouds Friday; Light Showers Saturday

Published: 9.2.15 6:04am

Good Morning Folks! A few showers popped up across the region yesterday and rainfall totals were light, all under a quarter of an inch with the highest total near Sylva up Scotts Creek at 0.16”. Today we expect an increase in shower coverage from yesterday with sunshine reigning supreme tomorrow, while Friday features increasing clouds. By the weekend there should be a high pressure off to the NE that will influence the region, keeping mostly cloudy skies overhead Saturday with light showers passing through the area, while clouds thin somewhat by Sunday. By the time Labor Day rolls around we should be one step closer to normal with more sun than clouds overhead and Tuesday seems to finish the transition as temps push into the low 80’s and isolated showers develop after midday; a fairly classic setup for early September. 

Today will be one of our wetter days of the week but that does not mean it will be a washout, just an increase from the paltry coverage we have experienced as of late. Clouds will increase out of the west as the day wears on and isolated showers and thunderstorms will pop up this afternoon, with rainfall totals around a quarter of an inch for those who experience a passing shower. Temps will be warm as they push into the low 70’s – mid 80’s depending upon elevation, making for another muggy afternoon. Overnight into Thursday a disturbance will swing through from the NW and may deliver a few more showers during the evening hours, with gradual clearing the rest of the night; temps will dip into the low - mid 60’s. 

Thursday offers up a good deal of sunshine as drier air filters into the region from the NW, however that doesn’t mean a few light showers won’t develop late in the day. If showers were to develop it seems likely they will steer clear of populated valley towns and affect more of the higher elevation ridgelines, with rainfall totals under a quarter of an inch. Temps will remain somewhat warm as they push into the low 70’s – mid 80’s, however with slightly drier profiles it should be a comfortable afternoon. Overnight lows will dip into the low – mid 60’s and there should be partly cloudy skies overhead as moisture makes a return to the region after midnight. 

Friday and Monday will be our transition days as we go from somewhat fair weather this week to a cold air damming scenario this weekend and then back to normal early September conditions by early next week. Friday features increasing clouds as a back door cold front pushes into the region from the NE, aided by a high pressure system setting up shop in New England. This will translate into increasing clouds, isolated showers along the SC state line and nearby ridgelines and temps pushing into the low 70’s – low 80’s depending upon elevation. By Saturday we will be dealing with mostly cloudy skies overhead, light spotty showers across the region and cooler temps as they struggle to climb any higher than the upper 60’s – upper 70’s depending upon elevation. It might be slightly breezy throughout the day, but overall it will be a decent day for tailgating at the WCU vs Mars Hill game, just bring a tent if you have one and perhaps a poncho for the game at 7pm (no umbrellas allowed in the stadium). By Sunday the high pressure begins to lose its grip and clouds will thin across the region, however likely holding firm along the SC state line; temps will push into the low 70’s – low 80’s. And by the time Labor Day (Monday) rolls around we will find more sunshine overhead than cloud cover and a few pop up showers are likely but all in all it will be a great end to the weekend as temps push into the low 70’s – low 80’s. Overnight lows most nights this weekend will settle into the low – mid 60’s with patchy fog likely each morning. 

Overall, a slight increase in showers today, a decrease in coverage tomorrow only to find clouds increasing Friday to allow for light showers and/or drizzle for Saturday, followed by gradual clearing on Sunday which should lead to a comfortable Labor Day. ENJOY! 

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