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Rain to Snow, then Sunshine, then more Rain to Snow

Published: 1.29.18 10:41am

Good Morning Folks! Showers have been peppering the region overnight and we’ll deal with another round of moderate rain this afternoon, followed by a quick shot of flurries/light snow Monday morning, with a follow up round of snow Monday night. From then on its sunny skies and cooler but seasonal temps Tuesday and Wednesday, with a change coming down the pipe for Thursday night into Friday. As of today (Sunday) it seems a late week front will bring us a few hours of showers that may kick over to snow Friday morning and hang around for the higher elevations, while a rain/snow line sets up shop somewhere around 3000’. This is still a good way out so please check back in later this week to see a more detailed timeline and possible impact from this late week frontal passage. All in all, this week is not too bad as far as late January/early February goes and for those looking ahead, it seems the middle of the month will feature a few cold snaps so go ahead and load up on heating fuel/supplies. 

A half inch of rain has fallen across the region over the past 24 hours with numerous sites across the southern edge of the region approaching the one inch mark. By the time it’s all said and done we should have 1 – 2” of rain across the region, followed by a dusting of snow along the ridgelines facing NW; especially places like the Smokies, Cataloochee Ski Area and the Great Balsams. Temps today will only hit the mid 40’s – low 50’s depending upon elevation, eventually dipping down into the low – upper 30’s and for those who live near the TN line, don’t be surprised to see light snow or flurries falling past midnight. 

Most of the precip will clear the area late this evening but the TN line will hold onto flurries into tomorrow morning, with sunshine setting up but only for a few hours as another disturbance swings through Monday evening. Temps Monday will climb to the low 30’s – upper 40’s depending upon elevation, with a steady NW wind around 10 – 20mph making for a chilly start to the week. Light snow will break out past sunset tomorrow and wind down early Tuesday morning, with an inch possible along the TN line and perhaps a half inch as far SE as Waynesville/Balsam Gap. Temps Monday night plummet into the low teens – mid 20’s, so add some time to your Tuesday commute in case roads become icy in spots. 

Tuesday through Thursday looks quiet with sunshine overhead as temps hold to the low 20’s – mid 30’s Tuesday but eventually rise to the low 40’s – low 50’s by Thursday. Showers are likely Thursday night into Friday and its also possible rain kicks over to snow Friday night across the region, but we are not confident this may happen at this point in time. 

Overall, soggy today, breezy tomorrow, cold Tuesday and Wednesday, much warmer Thursday and then a possible rain to snow event to wrap up the work and school week. ENJOY! 

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