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NWS Special Weather Statement (Wilkes County)

Current Conditions
Wilkes Airport

Temp: 69.8°F
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Wilkes Airport , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, July 20, 2018 at 5:53PM

Unsettled Weather Looms

We hope that you were able to tackle that yard work and cut the grass as today was you day. It's all downhill from here as an extended stretch of unsettled weather arrives. A stray shower is possible very late tonight from a cluster of storms that will affect the mountains. However they have to survive the passage over and I'm not so convinced that they will. Showers and thunderstorms are likely both Saturday and Sunday. While it won’t rain all the time, better have that indoor “Plan B” ready to go. Rather unsettled/wet weather conditions will persist into a good chunk of next week. Temperatures will remain held in check by clouds and showers.


Hi: 82 Lo: 65

Partly to mostly cloudy with a stray late-night shower; Calm wind

Hi: 83 Lo: 65

Mostly cloudy; Showers & thunderstorms likely; Light SW wind

Hi: 83 Lo: 65

Plenty of clouds with showers & thunderstorms likely; Light wind

Hi: 82 Lo: 66

Mostly cloudy with showers; Thunderstorms possible

Hi: 82 Lo: 66

Mostly cloudy with showers; Thunderstorms possible

Further Out

Wednesday - Mostly cloudy with showers; Thunderstorms possible; High in the lower 80s; Low in the upper 60s
Thursday - Partly to mostly cloudy with good coverage of mostly PM showers & thunderstorms; High in the mid 80s; Low in the upper 60s

Forecast Discussion

Today turned out to be a rather pleasant, but warm, day across the Foothills. We hope that you enjoyed it as a turn to more unsettled weather looms on the horizon. This could start as early as tonight with a cluster of showers and storms that move in from the west. Current thinking is that the mountains will shear the storms apart as they cross and head further east. I'll keep a stray shower however for the late night hours just in case.

The cold front that came through here a couple days ago will be lifting northward as a warm front on Saturday, placing western North Carolina in a more unstable air mass. That will result in better chance for thunderstorms on Saturday.

By Sunday and Monday, another cold front will inch-in from the Tennessee Valley, likely becoming stationary over NC by early next week. This will keep unsettled weather going for most of next week. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the period.

7-day rainfall totals exceeding three inches are a good bet for much of western and central North Carolina.


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