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Isolated Showers Today; Chilly yet Sunny Tomorrow

Published: 1.29.15 7:28am

Good Morning Folks! We have a healthy temperature inversion across the region this morning with the highest ridgetops sitting in the upper 30’s, while the lower valleys have cooled down to the low 20’s! This will be a short lived phenomenon however as temps will quickly warm to the low 40’s – low 50’s this afternoon, mainly due to a healthy southerly flow ahead of the front. There is a band of showers to our west and it will move east through the morning hours, reaching our region by roughly midday which will take out any chances for wintry precip. Precip amounts will be light and most of the shower activity associated with the band swinging through will be off to our east by the mid afternoon hours. This does not mean we are done yet, well at least for folks who live along or nearby the TN line as NW flow will develop this evening, helping to facilitate a light snow event overnight into Friday. Most of SW NC will not be affected by this with perhaps flurries reaching as far south as Cullowhee. Minus the weak precip chances one worthy mention is the increasing winds across the region as they become steady around 10 – 20mph this afternoon, gusting to 35mph along the higher ridgetops. As we move into the overnight hours temps should dip into the low – upper 20’s and with light snow falling along the TN line, another inch is possible for places like Cataloochee Ski Area by sunrise. 

Friday offers up sunshine but this will not be a pleasant day, more so bearable as temps struggle to rise past the low 30’s – low 40’s and winds continue to howl out of the NW around 15 – 25mph, with gust peaking around 45mph across the higher elevations. This essentially guarantees a frigid wind chill so be sure to bundle up if working or playing outside for an extended period of time. We find mostly clear skies overhead Friday night and this will allow temps to dip into the upper teens – mid 20’s depending upon elevation. 

Saturday brings back the cloud cover but only after the mid – late afternoon hours, which means we still get to enjoy more sunshine for most of the day. Temps will be warmer than Friday yet still chilly as they push into the upper 30’s – upper 40’s depending upon elevation. Partly cloudy skies are likely by sunset with increasing clouds going into Sunday morning. Temps will only dip into the upper 20’s – mid 30’s depending upon elevation overnight into Sudnay and this will translate into possible light snow early Sunday morning. 

Sunday through Monday looks cold and wet while Tuesday and Wednesday seem to dry out with a slight chill to the air. As of today it seems we will find some early morning snow on Sunday, however this will be all for not as warmer air and increased precip coverage move into the region from the south and west, kicking all snow  over to rain across the region. We could pick up some healthy rainfall amounts Sunday with temps rising to the upper 30’s – mid 40’s after midday. Spotty showers continue into the overnight hours and even though precip coverage will wane, temps will also decrease to the point where we kick back over to snow after midnight; mainly for the highest elevations. 

Monday morning looks to offer up a rain/snow mix across the lower elevations which will translate to no accumulations while the higher elevations enjoy a light snowfall through the morning hours. It seems a few inches are possible Monday morning for the highest elevations, however we would like another day to better fine tune where across SW NC accumulations will occur and more so the impacts to your early morning commute. Temps should push into the low – upper 30’s depending upon elevation with most of the rain and snow ending by the late afternoon hours expect for the, you guessed it, TN line area. Overnight into Tuesday light snow will continue to pepper the TN line while partly cloudy skies reside elsewhere across SW NC; temps will dip into the upper teens – mid 20’s. 

Tuesday through Wednesday look sunny and chilly but still welcomed after two days of cold and wet conditions. By Thursday the models are trying to paint a regional wintry event, however with anything this far out we need to take with a chunk and not a grain of salt. 

Overall, some light snow along the TN line today, sunny yet cold and windy tomorrow, more sunshine and warmer temps Saturday followed by a wet Sunday with a transition over to snow Monday then more sunshine Tuesday into Wednesday. ENJOY! 


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