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Wilkes Airport , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 5:32AM

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Remarkable warmth continues for the rest of the workweek as the weather remains mostly dry. Skies will be partly sunny for the daytime, with more clouds at night. Temperatures will continue to run nearly 20 degrees above normal, or near daily records. Improving shower coverage arrives by late in the weekend.

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Hi: 74 Lo: 55

Partly sunny with record warmth; Mostly cloudy tonight; South wind 5-15 mph becoming light tonight

Hi: 70 Lo: 53

Partly sunny & remarkably warm; Mostly cloudy Friday night; South wind 5-15 mph becoming light SSW at night

Hi: 71 Lo: 57

Mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a PM shower, more showers late Sat. night; Warm; SW wind 5-15 mph becoming light at night

Hi: 68 Lo: 48

Cloudy with rain likely; Very mild

Hi: 62 Lo: 36

Morning rain tapering off; Clearing late; Cooler Monday night

Further Out

Tuesday - Bright sunshine; Dry for a change; High in the lower 60s; Low in the upper 30s
Wednesday - Increasing cloudiness; Rain possible PM or night time; High in the upper 50s; Low in the lower 40s

Forecast Discussion

An incredibly strong ridge of high pressure anchored off the Southeast U.S. coast will continue to pump unusually warm and humid air into our region, courtesy of moisture from both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. It will produce lots of clouds, particularly overnight and in the mornings, followed by partly sunny skies during the daytime. Generally dry weather is anticipated through Friday.

This high pressure system will come under attack this weekend, breaking down and permitting a cold front to sweep into the Carolinas by late Sunday. This will generate an improving chance for showers during Sunday. A follow-up low-pressure wave along the front will bring more rain on Monday.

Following the wave, a drier, cooler and more continental air mass arrives late Monday, allowing temperatures to return a little bit closer to normal for the end of February.

Dry weather looks to be short-lived, however. A new low-pressure system is tentatively scheduled to provide more rainfall toward Wednesday or Thursday of next week. A turn to colder weather will arrive by the first weekend of March.


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