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Laurel Ridge , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, December 14, 2018 at 3:55PM

Squish Slush Mush

A chilly rain with fog is what's being served up through the evening and overnight period. Occasional light rain continues Saturday, mainly in the morning hours (add fog). If we play our cards right some sky brightening is possible tomorrow afternoon. Light rain hangs around early Sunday before the drying process begins. On paper it sounds less than ideal, but the weekend is not a washout. It's mainly light stuff and there will be several dry hours both days.

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Partly cloudy
Lower 50s
NW wind 5-10 mph
Friday

Hi: 43 Lo: 43

Cloudy with fog; Rain continues; Light SE wind; Steady to rising temperatures at night
Saturday

Hi: 49 Lo: 38

Mostly cloudy with AM fog; Periods of light rain, mainly in the morning; South wind 5-15 mph becoming NW Sat. night
Sunday

Hi: 45 Lo: 34

Mostly cloudy; AM fog; Lingering early showers; NW wind 5-15 mph & gusty
Monday

Hi: 49 Lo: 30

Becoming mostly sunny; Remaining seasonal
Tuesday

Hi: 47 Lo: 30

Lots of sunshine; Nice day

Further Out

Wednesday - Mostly sunny; Pleasant streak continues; More clouds Wednesday night; High in the upper 40s; Low in the mid 30s
Thursday - Mostly cloudy; Rain returns; High in the mid 40s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

Not everyone, but many people want to know, "will this rain will melt the snow?". It will expedite the snow melting process if that's what you are hoping for. Exactly how much? We'll all find out together.

Low pressure moves out of the Lower MS Valley this evening, through the TN Valley Saturday, and to the Mid-Atlantic coast Sunday. That's the path to a good rain in the Southeast, not snow. Rain continues much of Friday night. It's a chilly rain at that, though temperatures will hold steady or increase slowly overnight.

Saturday's rain is mostly, but not entirely, confined to the morning hours. After a lull, the upper level features of the low pass overhead Saturday night bringing more in the way of "showery" activity. Some light rain remains in play through Sunday morning. Drying commences Sunday night.

High pressure builds behind the departing storm Monday. The first half of next week is underwhelming for a change. Expect lots of sunshine through Wednesday with near to slightly above seasonal temperatures.

For a historical perspective... after searching through all the December snow data for Boone this last event is now the biggest December snow on record. The 18.5" of snow over 2.5 days, beat out Dec 26-27, 1969 when we had 18".

Boone December Double Digit Snow events
Dec 8-10, 2018, 18.5"
Dec 26-27, 1969, 18"
Dec 1-3, 1974, 16"
Dec 19-20, 2009, 15"
Dec 17, 1930, 15"
Dec 12-14, 2010, 14"
Dec 25, 1939, 12"
Dec 4, 1971, 11"

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