Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:07PM
Unseasonably Mild, then Wet
If you enjoy Spring-like temperatures in December, you are in luck. Today was mild, but tomorrow looks to be even a step or two warmer with most exceeding the 70 degree mark. Enjoy it if you can! There will be a few showers around at times, but no widespread rain is expected through Friday afternoon. Now, if you are a lover of cold weather this time of year, you are also in luck. Winter’s chill will return this weekend. Rain will increase in coverage as well. And, with the cold air moving in, pockets of freezing rain will develop overnight Saturday into Sunday (mainly north of I-40). The potential for some light icing is possible (hence the “Dusting” Snowman-O-Mometer). Just plain ‘ole rain continues later Sunday through Monday. We get a chance to dry out towards the middle of next week.
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Hi: 63 Lo: 57
Cloudy tonight with patchy light rain, drizzle, and fog; SW wind 5-10 mph
Hi: 71 Lo: 48
Mostly cloudy & mild; Can't rule out some spotty, light rain during the day (showers increase at night); SW wind 10-15 mph (gusts to 30), becoming NW late at night
Hi: 52 Lo: 33
AM showers, then generally cloudy; Much cooler; North wind 5-15 mph; Rain returns at night (pockets of freezing rain possible north late)
Hi: 35 Lo: 34
Cloudy with periods of rain (pockets of freezing rain during the day north of I-40)
Hi: 53 Lo: 38
Cloudy with periods of rain continuing; Not quite as cold during the day
Tuesday - Becoming mostly sunny; Turning cooler again; High in the mid 40s; Low in the mid 20s
Wednesday - Mostly sunny; High in the lower 40s; Low in the mid 20s
We are in the midst of a very active weather pattern across much of the eastern US thanks to an upper level trough sitting over the Rockies. That trough won’t move much through the weekend which will keep a moist flow coming off the Pacific Ocean right into the Southeastern US through early next week. Within that moist flow, a number of upper level disturbances will ride across the Appalachians bringing periods of light to moderate rain tonight through Monday (along with some freezing rain in spots). Daily details to follow…
A cold front will progress slowly through the TN Valley this evening, reach the NC mountains late tonight, and then stall. This front will have a very sharp temperature gradient with it. To the east of the front across the NC Foothills, temperatures will be unseasonably mild again tomorrow (ie. most reach the low 70's) while just on the other side of the front, temperatures will quickly drop into the 30’s and 40’s. That colder air will eventually work into western NC over the weekend. More on that later. Rain-wise, the most widespread shower activity will be west of the front across central / eastern TN through tomorrow. However, with the front nearby, a light shower or two will occasionally develop and move NE across western NC on Friday.
The front will get a kick east Friday night as an upper level disturbance moves through the Appalachians and into the Mid-Atlantic. This will allow much colder air to spill into western NC for the weekend. Temps in the 60’s will be replaced by 30’s and 40’s. The forecast gets a bit interesting at this point. Moisture will continue to stream into the area as the cold air moves in. This will allow for pockets of freezing rain to develop overnight Saturday into Sunday (mainly north of I-40). The key to the potential for icing across the Foothills will be how cold it gets and how long the cold air can stay stuck in the area before milder air replaces it from the south. At this time, we are thinking nuisance level icing between I-40 and HWY 421. North of 421, a bit more icing is anticipated with accretion of at least 0.10” (isolated 0.20” amounts possible). The most icing is expected to occur in the extreme northern sections of the Foothills (namely, northern Wilkes and Surry Counties). Light icing can cause some road, tree, and power line issues, so stay tuned…
Eventually, any freezing rain will change to all rain later Sunday as milder air moves back in from the south. Periods of rain will continue into Monday before finally winding down Monday night. Colder and drier air moves in for the middle of next week as the weather pattern takes a breather.
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