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Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:38PM

Cloudy, Damp, & Gray

The good news is Christmas day looks fantastic. Between now and then is a little rough if you are not a fan of cloudy, damp, and cool. Light rain and drizzle develop late tonight into Monday morning. Expect the same thing again Monday night with more appreciable rain arriving Tuesday afternoon. It's a washout Tuesday night into Wednesday morning with drier and colder air showing up just in time for Christmas day.

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Sunday

Hi: 47 Lo: 36

Cloudy with fog; Light rain and drizzle late tonight; Light SE wind
Monday

Hi: 45 Lo: 38

Morning fog; Cloudy & cool; Spotty light rain and drizzle especially in the AM; Fog again Mon. night; Light SE wind
Tuesday

Hi: 45 Lo: 45

Cloudy with patchy fog; Spotty light rain & drizzle possible through early afternoon; Heavier rain late Tue. & at night; Rising nighttime temps
Wednesday

Hi: 58 Lo: 32

Mostly cloudy; Showers through mid afternoon; Turning colder late
Thursday

Hi: 45 Lo: 30

Becoming mostly sunny for Christmas Day; Cool

Further Out

Friday - Increasing PM clouds; Warmer; High in the mid 50s; Low in the mid 30s
Saturday - Mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a few showers; High in the lower 50s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

A strong area of high pressure is centered over the Canadian Maritimes wedging down the east side of the Appalachians. Meanwhile low pressure is developing along the Southeast coast. The end result is for a moist, yet cool, southeasterly to easterly surface flow the next couple of days. Clouds, fog, drizzle and light rain are around mainly overnight Sunday and again Monday night. On and off drizzle will be more of a factor during the day Monday.

Tuesday into Christmas Eve, low pressure develops along the Gulf Coast moving north into the Tennessee Valley and Great Lakes eventually sending a strong cold front across the mountains late Wednesday. Ample Gulf moisture and warmth spread over western NC beginning late Tuesday allowing for rising nighttime temps and periods of heavy rain Tuesday afternoon and night.

Showers and mild weather continues ahead of the front until Wednesday afternoon. It turns colder for Christmas day with a well deserved round of sunshine.

Friday is milder and sunny with increasing late day clouds. Another front comes through Saturday with only a few showers. Colder air settles in for the rest of the year.

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