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Winds Calming Down; Sunshine by Friday

Published: 9.12.17 8:44am

Good Morning Folks! Looks like we will fall short about an inch as 2 – 4” fell across the region over the past 24 hours and although another quarter – half inch is possible today, it doesn’t look like we will pick up the 3 – 6” we called for, although the wind portion of the forecast certainly verified. The highest wind gust we could find data for was from Mt Mitchell (6600’), where it gusted up to 81mph late yesterday afternoon, with plenty of wind gust in the 40 – 50mph range across the higher elevations. The winds will calm down as the day wears along, with showers gradually shifting west as well, although the N GA line will continue to experience isolated showers through tomorrow. Wednesday keeps cloudy to partly sunny skies overhead with a few light showers along the escarpment (SC state line) due to SE flow into the region, while Thursday shifts this light rain chance to the TN line as we transition to a westerly flow. By Friday the remnants of Irma will be pushing into the northeast region of the country, allowing a cap to setup overhead and this will translate into sunshine for our region, with temps rising to normal and slightly above normal levels Friday into Sunday. 

Showers this morning will wind down for most of the region by the early afternoon hours, however isolated showers will linger across the N GA and SC state lines as we transition from SE to SW flow. Temps will hold to the mid 50’s – upper 60’s depending upon elevation, setting up another fall like day across the region and we encourage folks to enjoy the cooler temps as we return to normal levels this weekend (upper 70’s – low 80’s). Tonight will keep cloudy skies around with a few light showers and the wind should wind down to a light breeze, with temps dipping into the low – upper 50’s. 

Wednesday and Thursday feature a back and forth as we go from isolated showers and thicker cloud cover along the SC state line Wednesday, transitioning this setup to the TN line Thursday. This switch will be due to the overall flow shifting from the southeast to the west and this will translate to less clouds overhead for the TN line Wednesday, same for the SC state line, but instead on Thursday. Temps will rise to the upper 50’s – low 70’s both days and although isolated showers are possible each afternoon, we don’t expect much in the way of rain, with towns like Highlands, Cashiers and Maggie Valley the main ones being impacted by the shift in the overall flow. Overnight lows continue to dip into the mid 50’s – low 60’s and this will trend warmer as we move toward the weekend. 

Friday through Sunday look sunny, warm and finally normal as temps rise to the mid 60’s – low 80’s depending upon elevation, which is right around normal for the middle of September. If you’re thinking the low 80’s is too warm for September, remember we usually hold onto warmer temps till about the 1st week of October and throughout next month is when we notice the temps dropping like a rock; ridgelines snow usually occurs 1st or 2nd week of October. Overnight lows will settle into the upper 50’s – low 60’s each night, so go ahead and plan that outdoor adventure as the weekend ahead looks perfect. 

Overall, soggy again today but not as windy as yesterday, gradual clearing and drying tomorrow and Thursday and then sunshine Friday through Sunday. ENJOY! 


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