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SNOW Chances Remain for Friday and Saturday

Published: 12.5.17 10:33am

Good Morning Folks! Rain is beginning to move into the region and will peak in coverage this afternoon, winding down before midnight tonight. Then comes the cold air we have been talking about for roughly a week, which will last from Wednesday through Sunday and finally moderate by Monday/Tuesday of next week. There will be a few pieces of moisture moving across the landscape during this cold snap and it will prompt snow to fall across the region, but we don’t think it will be anything more than a few inches for the higher elevations and perhaps a good dusting for the valleys. Granted, it is Tuesday and we still have more time for the models to shift, but overall it seems snow is possible early Wednesday morning for the TN line, a few flurries along the escarpment Thursday morning and then a possible region wide event (still favoring the TN line) Friday night through Sunday morning. If you’re jonesing for ankle deep or higher snow, we recommend hitting up the higher elevations across the region, with places like Cataloochee Ski Area picking up a handful of inches Saturday. All in all, the next five days go from soggy (today) to chilly (Wednesday/Thursday) and then cold with a light – moderate snow event depending upon location (Friday through Sunday). 

A front will take its time moving across the region today and drop roughly an inch of rain or more across SW NC before it winds down late this evening, completely drying out by mid morning Wednesday. Temps will only reach the low – upper 50’s this afternoon but drop to the low – upper 30’s tonight and this will trigger rain to kick over to snow for the TN line tonight, with a dusting possible by sunrise. 

Wednesday keeps passing clouds overhead, same for Thursday, however Thursday early morning may bring the southernmost points of SW NC (Highlands, Cashiers and Lake Toxaway) a few flurries as moisture swings back into the region from a passing low along the coast. Temps Wednesday only hit the mid 30’s – mid 40’s depending upon elevation, with overnight lows bottoming out to the low – upper 20’s. Thursday will be a handful of degrees colder, with temps in the teens likely Thursday night for the higher elevations. These colder temps are exciting for ski lovers as Cataloochee will be able to make snow starting early Wednesday, possibly not letting up till Monday morning of next week!

Friday through Sunday is our main event so to speak and even this event is not all that exciting as it seems available moisture is limited, but with temps being so cold, its possible several inches fall along the TN line and higher elevations ridgelines like the Great Balsams, with a possible dusting for the valleys. Either way (at this point in time), it looks like we’ll see region wide snow starting Friday night, peaking Saturday afternoon and winding down Sunday morning. Temps Friday only make it to the upper 20’s – upper 30’s, with temps a degree or two colder Saturday and rising back to the low 30’s – low 40’s by Sunday. Overnight lows will bottom out Saturday night (making it the coldest night of the week) with temps in the low – upper teens across the region. 

We’ll fine tune the snow forecast Thursday morning but overall this setup is somewhat exciting because it’s our 1st real snow event of the season. Snow chances aside, the remainder of the week and upcoming weekend will be roughly 10 – 15 degrees below normal, so prep for the cold if you are able. ENJOY!

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