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High Elevation Snow Tonight; Cold by Thursday

Published: 2.14.17 8:28am

Good Morning Folks! Clouds are streaming into the region from the west and we’ll still enjoy slightly above normal temps this afternoon, with showers arriving late tonight for all of SW NC. Showers transition to snow above 5000’ late tonight and while most of the action will wind down early tomorrow morning, flurries and windy conditions will make up the rest of the day tomorrow for the TN line. Sunshine and the coldest temps of the week return on Thursday with temps moderating to levels similar to today by Friday afternoon, eventually warming to the low – mid 60’s this weekend. There is a chance for light showers Saturday night, but mainly for areas closer to the SC state line and we don’t think it will cancel outdoors plans as of this morning. 

Clouds will increase through the morning hours and even though temps started in the mid 20’s – mid 30’s across the region, they will rebound to the mid 40’s – upper 50’s this afternoon. Showers may develop along the escarpment late this afternoon, but for the most part it will be a dry day with partly sunny skies overhead. Showers move in this evening and ramp up coverage shortly after midnight, falling as snow above 5000’ and there may be enough moisture to lay down an inch or two of wet snow along the TN line. Elsewhere across the region we’ll deal with a cold rain as temps only dip into the upper 30’s – low 40’s throughout the valleys, with a quarter – half inch of rain by sunrise. 

Wednesday clears out any remaining precip and cloud cover as the day moves along, with the TN line holding onto precip the longest as we transition into NW flow. This new flow across the area will keep temps to the upper 30’s – upper 40’s, alongside steady winds around 10 – 20mph, possibly higher across the ridgelines. Temps Wednesday night bottom out to the low – upper 20’s and this will begin a 48 hour stretch of snowmaking temps for Cataloochee Ski Area (ending Friday mid morning). 

Thursday into Saturday features mostly sunny skies and temps Thursday will be the coldest of the week as they struggle to rise past the mid 30’s – upper 40’s, eventually climbing to the upper 40’s – low 60’s Saturday. Overnight lows will generally be in the low 30’s – low 40’s each night except for Thursday night as temps bottom out to the low – upper 20’s and the valleys should experience colder temps compared to the ridgelines as radiational cooling leads to cold air drainage. 

Overall, a quiet day today, showers and light snow tonight, clearing skies tomorrow, cold and sunny Thursday and continuing sunshine Friday into the weekend with warming temps. ENJOY! 


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