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Gorgeous Weather for the Season Opener

Published: 9.9.17 10:27am

Good Morning Folks! Temps once again are off to a crisp start and the weather today and tomorrow will make for a pleasant late summer/early fall weekend, as sunshine dominates the landscape, coupled with below normal temps. Moisture begins to push into the region Sunday night and this increase will translate to scattered showers Monday morning, with heavy rain likely Monday afternoon and overnight into Tuesday. It seems coverage and intensities wind down Tuesday, setting up Wednesday and Thursday with pop up showers with clouds still dominating the sky as remnants of Irma get absorbed into a front and return to the east later in the week. Temps all the while will remain below normal, but we do come close to normal starting Wednesday of next week, with no chilly nights in store, just cool and muggy conditions expected due to the tropical airmass setting up shop across the Southeast. 

Sunshine today and tomorrow will bring temps to the upper 50’s – mid 70’s depending upon elevation, with Sunday a degree or two cooler than today but nothing that will noticeable. A few clouds are possible later in the day Sunday, especially for the upslope areas closer to the N GA and SC state lines. Temps overnight will dip into the low 40’s – low 50’s tonight but level out to the upper 40’s – mid 50’s Sunday night, as clouds increase overnight into Monday. 

Monday and Tuesday will be our wettest days of the week and we could end up with 4 – 8” of rain depending upon the exact track of Irma, but for now we are still holding onto a heavy rain event for late Monday, ending midday Tuesday. With that being said, scattered showers will still linger across the region late Tuesday and enough moisture will be present Wednesday and Thursday for showers to pop up just about anywhere, but the bulk of the action will be Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning. The highest rainfall totals will be along the N GA and SC state lines as moisture wrings out along the escarpment, with minor flooding possible, however the biggest threat to our day to day routine will be the winds. We can expect wind gust up to 55mph along the ridgelines, with 20 – 35mph elsewhere across SW NC and steady wind speeds will be in the 10 – 20mph range. With the amount of rain we expect, coupled with strong wind gusts, it is likely trees will fall and possibly block some roads and cause localized power outages. Temps both days will only reach the upper 50’s – mid 60’s, so not much wiggle room depending upon elevation, with overnight lows in the low – mid 50’s. 

Wednesday into the latter part of next week will keep partly sunny – mostly cloudy skies overhead and temps will return to the upper 50’s – mid 70’s, however shower coverage also lingers, just not as heavy or as long lasting. Another half inch up to an inch is possible Wednesday into Friday, but for the most part it won’t cause too many issues, unless you have plans to be outdoors for an extended period of time. 

Overall, gorgeous this weekend, heavy rain Monday into Tuesday, shower coverage winding down late Tuesday into Wednesday and then spotty showers each day late next week. ENJOY! 

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