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Temps Cool Down as Shower Chances Increase

Published: 5.17.17 6:53am

Good Morning Folks! Mostly sunny skies kick off the day and some high clouds stream overhead for a short period, but otherwise it should be a quiet day across the region, albeit a hot one. Moisture returns to the region tomorrow as high pressure off the coast spins moisture into the Southeast, prompting isolated thunderstorms to develop past midday, but shut off past sunset. This setup will carry into Friday but by Saturday a backdoor cold front (from the north and east) will setup a weak cold air damming scenario that will favor pop up showers along the SC state line and throughout the foothills, meaning those closer to the TN and GA line will experience reduced shower chances. Region wide shower activity returns Sunday as the cold front lifts north again and moisture returns from the south, in tandem with a slight increase in upslope flow as a second front approaches from the west. This second front will arrive Monday morning (timing not set in stone) and provide us with a window of widespread showers, all the while temps will cool down with each passing day till we’re back to normal by Monday. All in all, quiet today, isolated shower activity Thursday and Friday, slight increase Saturday and Sunday and then widespread coverage arrives Monday. 

Temps today will push from the mid 50’s – low 60’s to the low 70’s – mid 80’s this afternoon, all under mostly sunny skies with a few hours where high clouds stream overhead. Mostly clear to partly cloudy skies are likely tonight and temps will once again hold to the mid 50’s – low 60’s. 

Thursday and Friday both offer up isolated shower and thunderstorm chances, however the southernmost portion of the region, especially along the ridgelines, will feature the highest coverage but don’t let your guard down as all of SW NC is in play. Temps will be held to the upper 60’s – low 80’s each afternoon and with the increase in moisture it will feel pretty muggy outside, so thankfully we’ll contend with passing clouds past midday. Each night will bring temps down into the upper 50’s – low 60’s under partly cloudy skies and shower activity should wind down quickly after sunset as we lose daytime heating. 

Saturday and Sunday bring us cloudy skies for the SC state line area, whereas the TN state line will enjoy mostly sunny – partly cloudy skies, but this is more so for Saturday as Sunday keeps partly cloudy – partly sunny skies overhead most of the day. Isolated shower chances pepper the region Saturday (favoring the escarpment region of course), while a slight increase in coverage plays out Sunday as southerly flow returns and with it an increase in available moisture. If you have outdoor plans we don’t recommend you cancel them, perhaps instead make backup plans indoors and/or keep a keen eye to the sky past midday. Temps will push into the upper 60’s – low 80’s Saturday but only make it to the mid 60’s – upper 70’s Sunday as cloud cover will be slightly thicker; overnight lows dip into the upper 50’s – low 60’s each night. 

Monday will wrap up the discussion with widespread showers before midday as a cold front sweeps the region from the west and this will keep temps from rising past the low 60’s – mid 70’s, which is right around normal for this time of the year. We’ll have more details on this event sometime Friday morning to allow the models more time to hone in on the overall setup. 

Overall, hot today, passing clouds and the occasional shower tomorrow and Friday, slight increase in Saturday and Sunday and then widespread showers Monday. ENJOY! 

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