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Heavy Rain/High Winds Today; Some Schools Closed

Published: 9.11.17 6:56am

Good Morning Folks! The forecast has changed slightly with Irma now weakening across the state of Florida, expected to push NW into northern Alabama sometime around midday Tuesday and then move northeast as a remnant storm later in the week. This westerly track shaves off a few inches from our previous forecast and instead of the 4 – 8” of rain, we are now going with 3 – 6” of rain depending upon location. Showers will wind down tomorrow and by Wednesday we’ll be dealing with pop up showers that are more typical during the summer months and temps will also respond to the change in the overall setup, climbing to near and perhaps slightly above normal levels by the end of the week. We’ll go from heavy rain and temps in the low – mid 60’s across the valley today to passing clouds and temps in the upper 70’s – low 80’s by Friday. It seems today will be our last gasp of cold air along the ridgelines as Mt Mitchell this morning is currently (6:35am) in the mid 30’s, with a low of 36.6°F earlier this morning. This is pretty fascinating as shower activity is already picking up across the region, however the warm air advection should negate any snow chances. 

Schools are closed across most of the region, however today should be a fairly typical heavy rain event with the added high wind component. We still think everyone should weigh their options before heading out, especially if it’s for work and requires you to be outside most of the day, as widespread showers setup shortly and heavy rain develops past midday. High winds gusting up to 40 – 60mph are likely across the higher elevations/ridgelines with a steady 15 – 25mph NE wind throughout the day for the rest of SW NC. We’ll pick up several inches of rain over the next 24 hours and from this morning into Wednesday morning, we could easily pick up 3 – 6”, with the higher totals along the N GA and SC state line. Temps today will only reach the mid 50’s – mid 60’s depending upon elevation and overnight lows will settle back into the upper 50’s for most of the region, so not much wiggle room pertaining to temps. 

Tuesday keeps scattered to widespread showers going across the region through the morning hours and then begins to scale back coverage closer to the early – mid afternoon hours, with temps slightly warmer than today as they hit the mid 50’s – upper 60’s. We’re likely to see a region wide end to the shower activity overnight into Wednesday, although isolated showers still linger with temps dipping into the low – upper 50’s for most of the region. 

Wednesday and Thursday keep pop up shower chances alive as moisture lingers across the Southeast, while the remnants of Irma drift NE across the Ohio valley; close enough to have an influence on our region. These two days will feel more like early summer as moisture levels remain high, temps push into the low 60’s – mid 70’s and showers pop up every so often throughout the day, with nothing more than a quarter – half inch of rain expected over the 48 hour period. 

Friday into the weekend will trend drier with passing clouds Friday and sunny skies by Saturday and Sunday, however temps respond as they rise to the mid 60’s – low 80’s depending upon elevation, with overnight lows dipping into the upper 50’s – mid 60’s. 

Overall, soggy and windy today, showers winding down tomorrow, run of the mill pop up showers Wednesday and Thursday and clearing skies Friday into the weekend. ENJOY! 


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