Forecast Last Updated at Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:17PM
Weather's Winter Costume
Many have reminisced about cold Halloweens in the past and we will add this year to that list. You could say the weather is wearing a winter costume tonight. A potent storm system headed our way will bring a blast of winter-like temperatures with it this weekend. It may even get cold enough for some snow to mix in with the rain tonight through early Saturday. A dusting of snow is possible in a few locations, but most won't see any accumulation at all. See our Total Snow Accumulation Map for details. Otherwise, expect breezy and unseasonably cold conditions Saturday as highs struggle to rise through the 40’s. We clear out by Sunday, but temps will remain on the cool side.
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Hi: 55 Lo: 37
Cloudy with rain showers for Halloween night (rain may mix with snow at times after Midnight); NW wind 5-15 mph (gusty after Midnight)
Hi: 47 Lo: 30
AM rain showers (possibly mixed with snow); Decreasing clouds late; Breezy & colder; Freezing temps Sat. night; NW wind 10-15 mph & gusty
Hi: 53 Lo: 29
Sunny skies; Continued cool; NW wind 5-15 mph
Hi: 60 Lo: 37
Hi: 65 Lo: 42
Wednesday - Partly cloudy; High in the mid 60s; Low in the mid 40s
Thursday - Mostly sunny; High in the mid 60s; Low in the lower 40s
Significant shot of colder air on its way with a few locations possibly even seeing a bit of the white stuff…
Alright, for starters, the forecast hasn’t changed all that much for the NC Foothills. A fast-moving storm system is dropping south through the Ohio Valley this evening and will swing across the Carolinas on Saturday. With this system, showers will continue off and on through the night and into Saturday morning (there may even be a rumble or two of thunder this evening). For those with plans to trick-or-treat tonight, take a rain jacket as showers will be in the area. However, there will be breaks in the rain this evening. Rain or not, it will be chilly (although, the coldest air doesn’t arrive until after Midnight).
From Midnight through early Saturday morning is when the forecast gets a bit tricky. A band of heavier precipitation is expected to develop across parts of western NC. Up in the mountains, this will fall mostly as snow. Down here in the Foothills, though, temperatures will be much more borderline for snow. But, we still can't rule out some snow mixing in at times in a few spots. Who sees snow will depend on where that heavier band sets up and where temperatures can get closer to freezing. With temperatures remaining borderline, we are looking at little to no accumulation. But, if any area can get cold enough and briefly change to all snow, then a quick dusting can't be ruled out. Any dusting-level accumulations would be confined to grassy areas / elevated surfaces due to the recent warmer weather. Precipitation will gradually taper off by late-morning Saturday.
The other issue Saturday will be the cold and breezy conditions. Wind gusts of 30-35 mph are possible Saturday and temperatures may not get out of the 40’s for highs. The wind will make it feel even colder. The wind will remain breeze through Saturday night as temps drop down near freezing. It will feel much more like winter than fall.
Beyond the busy weekend, the weather turns quieter again early next week with temperatures getting back close to normal.
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