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From Thunderstorms to Snow in 48 hours!!!

Published: 3.19.18 9:14am

Good Morning Folks! This late season warm and cold cycle is not unheard of, but it sure is interesting to watch as we deal with strong to severe thunderstorms this evening, followed by region wide snowfall only 36 – 48 hours later! Temps will be near normal today and crash to below normal levels by Wednesday but should rebound to the low 60’s this weekend, unfortunately showers also return this weekend (not a washout at this point). 

Today will feature a few showers before noon then a lull in the action takes place with breaks in the cloud cover, allowing temps to hit the low 50’s – low 60’s depending upon elevation. Winds will be out of the SW around 10 – 20mph and we expect a line of thunderstorms to pass overhead late this afternoon and into the evening hours, lingering as scattered showers overnight into Tuesday. Some of these thunderstorms could be strong to severe and we encourage folks to bring anything inside that could blow away, with hail also a possibility. Temps tonight will dip into the mid – upper 40’s for most of the region, with a half inch up to an inch of rain for the area over the next 24 hours. 

Showers wind down tomorrow morning and then ramp back up late Tuesday afternoon as our second system begins to build across the Southeast. Temps return to the low 50’s – low 60’s once again, however they will crash to the low – upper 20’s Tuesday night as rain kicks over to snow across the higher elevations, sometime around 12am – 3am. Snow levels will eventually reach the valley floor by sunrise Wednesday and for those living above 3500’, you may want to be aware that a coating of snow is possible before you wake up on Wednesday, especially if you live closer to the TN line.  

The rest of the day on Wednesday will feature light – moderate snow showers for the TN line and light snow showers for the rest of the region, with activity on and off and nothing continuous, which should limit totals to 3 – 5” along the TN line down to a dusting (perhaps an inch) in the valleys. Places further south such as Cashiers and Highlands may squeeze out a light coating of snow, but with temps only making it to the upper 20’s – upper 30’s depending upon elevation, it won’t take much to stick, especially if your road or property is still in the shade. We’ll circle back on this update tomorrow to make any tweaks to the forecast, but this is not the first time we have celebrated the Spring Equinox with snow falling across the region!

Sunshine sets up Thursday and Friday, with temps warming to the mid 40’s – low 60’s by Friday and showers return this weekend, but temps also make a run at the low – mid 60’s for the valley! 


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