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Muggy Conditions Linger; Shower Chances Remain

Published: 10.10.17 8:58am

Good Morning Folks! We picked up another tenth to a quarter of inch of rain over the past 24 hours and we’ll likely pick up another quarter- half inch of rain by the time Wednesday afternoon rolls around, with the higher amounts along the ridgelines. Cloudy skies will dominate the landscape today, while some sun pokes through tomorrow and then we transition to more sun than clouds for Thursday. Sunshine then takes hold of the forecast Friday through Sunday with perhaps some late day clouds Sunday but for the most part the end of the work week looks dry. Some of the models try to fire up showers along the escarpment Saturday but for now we are going with mostly sunny skies for the football game Saturday in Cullowhee (3:30pm vs ETSU). Most of the models do agree that showers will return early next week as a cold front invades the region and this should also bring temps down to seasonal levels, however we must first deal with above normal temps today through Sunday. Today and tomorrow in particular will be somewhat gross as summer like dewpoints sit across the region, taking till the end of the work week to exit the Southeast. All in all, above normal temps, gradual drying as we move through the week with cooler temps and more rain on the horizon.

One interesting fact to share is that Asheville, which has records going back to 1877, recorded its first ever low temperature above 70°F (71°F yesterday morning) in the month of October. To let this sink in, for more than 140 years Asheville has never seen a low temp at or above 70°F in the month of October until yesterday morning.

Mostly cloudy skies will sit overhead and showers will develop across the region this afternoon as shortwaves move within the SW flow, which will also keep dewpoints near record levels for October. Temps will push to the upper 60’s – upper 70’s this afternoon and most of the region will experience shower activity, however the bulk of the rainfall will fall along the ridgelines facing SW and more so, those ridgelines closer to the N GA and SC state lines. Overnight lows will dip into the mid – upper 60’s once again with isolated shower chances continuing into the morning hours on Wednesday.

Wednesday allows some sunshine to sneak through the cloud cover, prompting showers to develop, much like we experience during the summer months. High dewpoints remain and temps will push into the upper 60’s – low 80’s, so plan for a muggy middle of the work and school week. Overnight lows dip into the upper 50’s – mid 60’s, under partly cloudy skies. 

Some clouds linger on Thursday but there should be more sun than clouds overhead and then sunshine sets up shop Friday and holds its ground through Sunday. Temps remain above normal, pushing into the upper 60’s – upper 70’s Thursday through Saturday and cooling off slightly along the ridgelines to the mid 60’s, while the valleys continue to push into the upper 70’s. Overnight lows do cool off somewhat as we go from the upper 50’s – low 60’s Thursday night to the low – upper 50’s by Sunday night. 

Overall, muggy through Wednesday, perhaps Thursday and then drier but still warmer weather sets up across the area through Sunday. ENJOY! 


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