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Laurel Ridge , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:58AM

Poor Daffodils

I cringed (and rubbernecked) when I drove by a patch of daffodils in full bloom yesterday. I know they have been creeping, but that took me by surprise. The forecast flavor remains the same through Saturday- balmy with lots of clouds. A rogue shower is not out of the question today and Saturday. Appreciable rain gets here Sunday.

Milder weather tends to mean fewer photos sent for the Photo of the Day. If you would like 24 hours of fame on RaysWeather.Com, send us a photo today. It has a good chance to get in. Thanks!

Thanks for a great run, selling 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway Calendars. You can still buy 2018 of course, but we are already setting our sights on 2019--look for the Photo Contest in February.

Thursday

Hi: 68 Lo: 55

Partly sunny with patchy fog; Stray daytime shower or two possible; Unseasonably pleasant temperatures; Light South wind
Friday

Hi: 67 Lo: 53

Mostly cloudy with AM fog; Quite mild; South wind 5-10 mph
Saturday

Hi: 64 Lo: 54

Some early fog possible; Increasing clouds; Cannot rule out an afternoon or overnight shower; Still mild for February; South wind 5-10 mph
Sunday

Hi: 61 Lo: 46

Mostly cloudy; Occasional rain showers til evening
Monday

Hi: 55 Lo: 35

Mostly cloudy; Morning showers; Not as warm

Further Out

Tuesday - Scattered clouds; Slightly above average temperatures; High in the mid 50s; Low in the upper 30s
Wednesday - Partly sunny; Nearly seasonal; High in the lower 50s; Low in the lower 40s

Forecast Discussion

Shower opportunities aren't null and void the next three days, but they are relegated to the "cannot rule out" category through Saturday. It would be nice to step on dry ground. Just as we've experienced all week any location that manages to squeak out a few hours of afternoon sun, or partial sun, will turn warm very fast.

A slow moving front approaches Sunday drumming up daytime and evening showers. As it inches towards the coast Monday morning a wave of low pressure moves along the front keeping showers in the region to start the day.

The turn to cooler gets underway behind the front as daytime temperatures become more reflective of seasonal averages. Cool, not especially cold is the theme next week.

High pressure migrates overhead Tuesday allowing for the brightest day in quite sometime. Another frontal system approaches from the west next Wednesday. We should be able to pull off two dry days before showers return late Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

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