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Sub Zero Temps Squash Snow Chances

Published: 12.27.17 2:04pm

Good Afternoon Folks! Snow lovers will not be excited to hear that the snow chances for Thur/Fri and Sun/Mon are all but squashed at this point. This is thanks to the strength of the arctic airmass coming down the pipe, reaching our region by Tuesday of next week. Although it will take this long to reach us, it will suppress moisture to our south as it also marches south, setting up the coldest snap we have yet to experience this winter. Places along the ridgelines Wednesday morning may be below zero and most all of us in SW NC will experience single digit temps, so prepare now if your home is susceptible to cold weather snaps (uninsulated pipes, outdoor animals, etc.). We’ll enjoy another dry day today with clouds clearing the region, setting up Thursday through Friday with more sun than clouds overhead. Passing clouds are likely New Year’s Eve (Sunday) into New Year’s Day (Monday) with some flurries, but at this point in time the models show that little bit might even be a stretch. Temps will rise to the mid 40’s by Friday afternoon but quickly drop back to sub freezing levels by Sunday for all of SW NC, remaining in the literal ice box through the middle to end of next week. Sorry for the bad new snow lovers, but do know Cataloochee Ski Area is making snow and also remember that we at LYW can make snow on site as well, or perhaps deliver snow by volume or snowballs and snowmen. Email us at obs@localyokelweather.com for more information! 

Temps will climb to the low 30’s – low 40’s this afternoon under clearing skies, dipping back down to the upper teens – mid 20’s with a few clouds developing late. Thursday through Saturday keeps mostly sunny skies overhead with a few hours of passing clouds Friday as system glances by to the north, however temps will be able to peak to the upper 30’s – mid 40’s Friday afternoon, cooling back down to the low – upper 30’s depending upon elevation by Saturday afternoon. Temps each night will dip into the mid teens – low 20’s, with clear skies overhead each night except for Friday night ([partly cloudy skies). 

Sunday into the middle of next week will be downright cold with sub freezing temps each day, maxing out to the low 20’s – low 30’s Sunday and not returning to these levels till Wednesday, with our coldest day likely to be Monday (upper teens – upper 20’s). Overnight lows will be dangerous as wind chill values plummet to the -10˚F mark across the higher elevations Monday and Tuesday nights, as actual temperatures plummet to the low – mid single digits Monday night! Prep now for the cold weather as these temps are sure to burst pipes that are exposed and not left on with a drip overnight.  

Overall, cold, cold and then down stupid cold as we head into the new year, with our only chance for snow dwindling with each passing day. ENJOY! 

 


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