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Asheville Airport , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:41PM

Sweeping Changes

We will be remarkably warm for one more day before big changes occur on Friday. Skies feature plenty of sunshine and highs will again be flirting with records in some spots. We cloud over tonight and there will be showers late tonight into the first part of Friday. Temperatures will be turning much cooler on Friday and that will continue into the weekend. After running 15-20 degrees above normal at times this week, we’ll be a tad below normal over the weekend under a clear sky.

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Hi: 82 Lo: 57

A good deal of sunshine & still remarkably warm; Becoming cloudy Thursday night with showers late; Light south wind

Hi: 60 Lo: 42

Early showers ending with partial clearing; Windy & much cooler with steady or slowly falling temps; NW wind 15-25 mph, gusts to 35

Hi: 56 Lo: 38

Bright sunshine & seasonably cool; Some frost patches possible Saturday night; NW wind 10-20 mph gusting to 30 AM, diminishing to 5-10 at night

Hi: 68 Lo: 42

Clear & refreshing

Hi: 71 Lo: 40

Bright sunshine; Milder; Breezy

Further Out

Tuesday - Clear; Pleasant; High in the mid 60s; Low near 40 degrees
Wednesday - Mostly clear; Quiet; High in the upper 60s; Low in the mid 40s

Forecast Discussion

The weather map headliner is a strong cold front marching eastward out of the Tennessee Valley. Ahead of the front today, temperatures will again be in record-territory, with highs soaring into the 80s.

As the front nears tonight, skies will turn cloudy and there will be showers late tonight and Friday morning. Sadly, the environmental setup favors most of the moisture remaining on the western slopes of the mountains, so precipitation amounts will decrease as you head east of the Continental Divide. So don’t expect much relief from worsening drought conditions.

The big weather story will be the dramatic cooldown coming on Friday behind the front. Partial clearing will commence by afternoon and it will be quite windy as well. You will feel the difference!

Weekend weather looks bright, sunny but cool. Winds will probably die-off enough Saturday night allowing for some patchy valley frost Sunday morning. But, aside from freezing temperatures across the high mountaintops Friday night, we will probably escape a widespread killing frost/freeze for a while longer in the lower elevations. Next week looks uneventful. A cold front will come through on Monday with little fanfare.


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