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Region Wide Showers Tuesday; Much Colder Wed - Fri

Published: 12.3.17 11:47am

Good Morning Folks! The fog has lifted and the sun is shining, which will bring temps to above average levels, making for a pleasant end to the weekend. Sunshine rolls into Monday but showers move in late Monday for a portion of the region, then all of SW NC Tuesday afternoon. Showers wind down Wednesday morning as colder air infiltrates the region, allowing for a kick over to snow for the highest elevations close to the TN line. Below normal temps setup shop Thursday into next weekend, with a possible snow event lined up for Friday into Saturday. This snow event is roughly six days out at this point in time so we ask you take all of the discussions and social media post circling around with a grain of salt. If we and other weather outlets continue to discuss the possibility by the time Tuesday swings around then begin to have hope as this setup seems conducive for snow (deeper than normal cold), with a possible system providing moisture late next week (possible being the key word here). All in all, minus the region wide and much needed rain fall Tuesday, plan for a typical 1st week of December with cold temps and fair weather minus the upcoming late week/weekend event. 

Sunshine today will bring temps in the low 50’s – mid 60’s depending upon elevation, but don’t forget its early December and the angle of the sun can create chilly spots as the shade is longer lasting this time of the year. Temps dip into the mid 30’s – low 40’s across the region tonight, under mostly clear skies with a little bit of fog across the valleys. 

Monday through Wednesday features temps dropping from the low 50’s – low 60’s tomorrow to the upper 30’s – mid 40’s Wednesday, with temps above freezing during the rain event on Tuesday. However, one twist to the rain event is that enough moisture should linger along the TN line as colder air arrives earlier Wednesday morning to transition precip over to snow for a short period of time. This small window of snow won’t be anything to write home about, but it will signal the start of the cold snap that will linger into next weekend. Overnight lows dip into the mid 40’s Monday night, upper 20’s – mid 30’s Tuesday and then the low – upper 20’s Wednesday night. Mostly sunny skies dominate the landscape Monday with isolated showers developing along the escarpment Monday night, blossoming in coverage to all of SW NC by Tuesday midday and eventually transitioning to clearing skies Wednesday. 

Thursday into next weekend does include a good deal of uncertainty but what little bit of certainty that does remain is that temps will be cold and below normal. Highs Thursday only reach the low 30’s – mid 40’s and continue to drop into Saturday, with highs only reaching the upper 20’s – low 40’s depending upon elevation. This means Cataloochee and other ski areas will be able to make snow starting Wednesday morning or evening (depending upon location) and continue well into the weekend, setting up a solid base for the following week. The snow chances at this time are just that, chances and remain small at this point in time, but we recommend keeping up with the changes and we suspect a high confidence forecast for next weekend by Tuesday. 

Overall, pleasant today and tomorrow, showers Tuesday turning much colder Wednesday, lasting all the way into next weekend. ENJOY! 


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