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NWS Special Weather Statement (Buncombe County)

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Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 5:32PM

Snow Ends; Cold Settles In

This winter has been a ‘snow drought’ thus far across western North Carolina, but we got a break from that today. Snow developed morning and ends by this evening. Accumulations will be limited by warm ground and temperatures above freezing throughout most of the daytime. However, up to two inches is possible, especially in grassy areas. Meanwhile, two to four inches will be possible above 2,500-3,000 feet, with even more than that for 5,000-foot country. Bright sunshine returns for Friday along with rather cold temperatures.

Thursday

Hi: 42 Lo: 19

Lingering flurries ending; Clearing skies & very cold; NW wind 5-15 mph
Friday

Hi: 39 Lo: 19

Bright sunshine, but cold; NW wind 10-20 mph & diminishing
Saturday

Hi: 50 Lo: 26

Sunny; A bit milder; Light NW wind
Sunday

Hi: 52 Lo: 34

Partly to mostly sunny; Thickening clouds Sunday night
Monday

Hi: 48 Lo: 41

Cloudy with periods of rain

Further Out

Tuesday - Mostly cloudy with lingering rain possible; Mild; High in the upper 50s; Low in the upper 30s
Wednesday - Lots of clouds; Mild, but turning colder Wednesday night; High in the mid 50s; Low near 30 degrees

Forecast Discussion

A flat wave of low-pressure tracks off the Southeast coast tonight will be accompanied by an expansive region of precipitation well to the north of this system. Most of the precipitation over western North Carolina is being generated by strong jetstream dynamics, rather than the surface low-pressure itself. This set the stage for a period of snow that lasts into the early evening hours. Accumulations will vary from up to two inches in the valleys to 2 to 4+ up top. Elevation will likely be king once again.

The snow pulls out by this evening with decreasing cloudiness, cold temperatures and black ice to follow. Friday features brilliant sunshine, but seasonably cold temperatures.

The weekend looks nice with moderating temperatures and dry weather. The next complex weather system will introduce rain back into the forecast to begin the new week, and unsettled weather continues into at least Tuesday and perhaps next Wednesday as well.

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