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Phillips Gap , NC
ASU Dark Sky Observatory, 1 mi E of Blue Ridge Pkwy

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6:42AM

Gully Washer and a Bad Hair Day

Rain will move in later this morning and last throughout the daytime. The heaviest rain will occur overnight through Thursday morning. Occasional rain will persist into Thursday night, gradually tapering off to a few showers Friday morning. Rainfall totals should generally be in the 2-3 inch range with a few spots getting more. Southerly winds will pick up this afternoon and become gusty overnight. Winds increase even more Thursday with 50 mph gusts not out of the question. The wind switches to the NW Friday but remains gusty, up to 40 mph. Temperatures begin dropping Thursday evening and Friday will be much cooler. The weekend looks cool and dry and we turn even colder early next week.

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Hi: 65 Lo: 61

Cloudy with fog; Rain developing by late-morning; Wind becoming South 5-15 mph, gusty Wed. night

Hi: 72 Lo: 47

Cloudy; Rain, heavy at times during the day, tapering off Thur. night; South wind 15-25 mph, gusts to 50 mph, becoming NW Thur. night

Hi: 51 Lo: 37

Early clouds; Light AM showers; Then clearing and much cooler; NW wind 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph; Wind tapering off during the evening

Hi: 52 Lo: 41

Mostly sunny; Cool for Halloween; Breezy

Hi: 53 Lo: 34

Variably cloudy; Maybe a light passing shower; Cooler Sunday night; Breezy

Further Out

Monday - Few clouds; Colder and windy; High in the lower 40s; Low in the lower 30s
Tuesday - Mostly sunny and warmer; High in the lower 50s; Low in the mid 30s

Forecast Discussion

Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall along the southeast Louisiana coast later today as a category 1, perhaps and category 2, hurricane. Zeta's remnants will join forces with a non tropical low moving across the southern Plains and move across the Southeast and southern Appalachians Thursday. The entire system will move off the mid-Atlantic coast Friday.

The results will be rain, beginning later this morning, and gusty winds beginning later tonight. The heaviest rain will be overnight into Thursday morning and the rain should gradually wind down by Friday morning. Rain totals will likely be in the 2-3 inch range with some spots getting higher totals. Winds will be from the south and become stronger and gusty overnight. Winds pick up more Thursday and we could see gusts near 50 mph from the south.

Colder air moves in Friday along with gusty winds from the northwest. Winds could gust to near 40 mph on Friday before diminishing Friday night. Chilly high pressure controls our weather Saturday with sunshine and cool temperatures. We warm a little ahead of a cold front Sunday and there could be a rogue shower or two. The cold front moves through Sunday night with much colder air behind it for Monday along with strong and gusty winds once again. We warm a little Tuesday as high pressure takes control of our weather.


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