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Irma will likely bring Heavy Rain to the Mountains

Published: 9.8.17 9:56am

Good Morning Folks! Temps are still below normal and our complaint inbox reads zero, so it looks like everyone is enjoying this fine fall weather. We’ll experience fall like weather through Sunday and then moisture ramps up quickly as remnants of Hurricane Irma move north into the region. Expect sunshine to be overhead today through Sunday, with a few late day clouds before sunset on Sunday. Monday features heavy rain, more so later in the day and overnight into Tuesday, with scattered showers lingering into Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. From Monday on we are still not entirely sure what will happen as Monday through Wednesday’s weather is highly dependent upon Irma’s track, but we do feel confident temps rise to near normal levels and rain chances increase. The main question is how much rain and wind will our region pick up. If the current NHC track for Irma holds, then we could end up with anywhere from 5 – 8” of rain from Monday through Wednesday, with the bulk of that falling overnight into Tuesday. The escarpment area will be the hardest hit, but we have had heavy rain events before and it seems beyond some creek flooding and downed trees from the high winds, this will not be a major event for our section of the mountains. We type the previous sentence with apprehension as we don’t want to lull you into a sense of safety, as this could turn into a direr setup for us, however the current track delivers a heavy rain event but could change, so stay tuned. 

Sunshine hangs overhead today through Sunday with late day clouds developing Sunday afternoon, however even with sunshine overhead, temps will only reach the low – mid 70’s across the lower elevations. The ridgelines will experience a cooler setup as temps only climb to the upper 50’s – low 60’s, with a steady wind to make it feel even cooler, but overall a great setup to check out the Parkway this weekend. Overnight lows will continue to be on the chilly side as they dip into the mid 40’s along the ridgelines to the low 50’s across the valleys, all under mostly clear skies (partly cloudy skies Sunday night). 

There should be no issue for those tailgating at the WCU Football game Saturday, with sunshine overhead and the wind will be light, so those tents should hold. Hope to see everyone out and about tomorrow for the game!

Clouds ramp up quickly Monday and showers begin early, peaking in coverage late Monday night with heavy rain likely for all of SW NC. Showers continue into Tuesday and wane a bit as we move into Wednesday, but we can expect a soggy start to the work and school week, with a total of 5 – 8” by Wednesday afternoon. As we mentioned before, the heaviest rain will be located along the escarpment as upslope enhancement wrings out more rain and this may lead to creek flooding, coupled with downed trees as winds become steady around 15 – 30mph. Temps Monday through Wednesday will rise to the upper 50’s – upper 60’s and may hit the low 70’s Wednesday if showers back off as expected, with overnight lows in the mid – upper 50’s (not much of a diurnal range). 

Overall, gorgeous today through Sunday, soggy Monday through Wednesday with periods of heavy rain that may hinder travel. ENJOY! 


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