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Sunny through Friday; Ridgeline Snow this Weekend?!?

Published: 11.14.17 8:07am

Good Morning Folks! Temps are a bit chilly this morning as they sit in the low – upper 30’s across the region with passing clouds overhead. Sunshine will return before the noon hour today and hold steady through Friday with a minor disturbance passing through Wednesday night. This disturbance will fire up a few light showers but nothing to worry about as it should be off to our east by the morning hours on Thursday. A front will move through the region this weekend and although the timing is not set in stone at this point in time, it seems the front will swing through Saturday afternoon. This will bring us scattered light showers with a chance for rain to kick over to snow overnight into Sunday, more so for the TN line as opposed to region wide. Accumulations are possible but we’ll not divulge how much is possible at this point in time as the timing could change and either increase or nix potential accumulations all together (we should know more by Thursday morning). Regardless, temps will be cold enough to make snow at Cataloochee Ski Area this weekend starting Saturday night, with temps at or below freezing all day and night Sunday. This is the best chance they have at making snow and looking at the mid range outlook, it seems cooler than normal temps linger through the holiday week, so perhaps more snowmaking opportunities exist next week! 

Passing clouds this morning will give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon, with temps rising to the upper 40’s – upper 50’s depending upon elevation. Temps will dip into the low – upper 30’s once again, however the valleys will experience colder temps compared to the ridgelines as radiational cooling and cold air drainage team up to bring cold temps to the lower elevations; all under mostly clear skies. 

Wednesday through Friday will feature mostly sunny skies, however a brief window of time Wednesday evening through Thursday early morning will feature passing clouds and slight chance for light rain. Temps Wednesday rise to the upper 40’s – upper 50’s once again but warm to the low 50’s – low 60’s Friday, with a slight cooldown Thursday. Temps overnight will dip into the mid – upper 30’s Wednesday night but level out to the low – mid 40’s Thursday and Friday night (mostly clear skies overhead). 

This weekend features a passing cold front and at this time it seems the front will swing through Saturday afternoon, exiting our part of the state by sunrise Sunday. If this timing holds then we can expect light scattered showers past midday Saturday, waning in coverage late Saturday night but at the same time kicking over to snow as colder air moves into the area. The TN line is your best bet for accumulations, perhaps the Cowee Mountains and Great Balsams, but even these locations won’t see much as this event is not strong. The main take home is that colder temps arrive post frontal, setting up a noticeable difference in temps from Saturday to Sunday; upper 40’s – upper 50’s Saturday to the mid 30’s – upper 40’s Sunday! Overnight lows Saturday night will settle into the upper 20’s across the ridgelines to the mid 30’s across the valley, but by Monday morning temps will be in the low – upper 20’s across the region (prep the firewood). 

Overall, fall like conditions today through Friday then a passing cold front Saturday that could bring light snow to the ridgelines, with cold weather Sunday into next week. ENJOY! 


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