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NWS Freeze Warning (Buncombe County)

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Asheville Airport , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:12PM

Sunny, but Cool Afternoon

We started this morning in the 20’s across most of SW NC with a gusty, NW wind. The wind has since died down some, but it won't completely diminish. There will be plenty of sun this afternoon, but temperatures will still remain well below normal for mid-April. Another frosty night is in store tonight with lows once again dropping below freezing. Tomorrow afternoon will be a repeat of today…just a few degrees milder. Friday will have more clouds around at times, but for now we expect it to stay dry. Temperatures finally rebound back to normal over the Easter weekend with plenty of sun.

Wednesday

Hi: 54 Lo: 29

Sunny but cool; Freeze/frost again Wednesday night; NW wind 5-15 mph, becoming SE this afternoon
Thursday

Hi: 59 Lo: 36

Sunny daytime; Partly cloudy Thursday night; SE wind 5-15 mph
Friday

Hi: 61 Lo: 42

Partly to mostly cloudy; Patchy valley frost at daybreak; Light SE wind
Saturday

Hi: 68 Lo: 43

Becoming mostly sunny; Nice
Sunday

Hi: 68 Lo: 46

Scattered clouds; Rather pleasant for Easter

Further Out

Monday - Becoming mostly cloudy with showers possible; High in the upper 60s; Low in the upper 40s
Tuesday - Mostly cloudy with a continued threat of showers; High in the upper 60s; Low in the upper 40s

Forecast Discussion

Yesterday’s cold front is now located off the East Coast with high pressure building in behind it. Behind the front an unseasonably cold airmass has moved in which led to temperatures dropping into the mid to upper 20’s this morning across SW NC. The cold spot in the valleys was Burnsville which dropped to 24. However, some of the highest ridge tops above 4000’ dropped into the teens. For perspective, the normal low for this time of year in Asheville is the mid-40’s. The wind from this morning has died down some and will switch to a southeasterly direction. By this afternoon, temperatures will get up into the 50’s for most, but that is still about 15 degrees or so below normal. Clear skies and a light wind will allow for another cold night tonight with temperatures falling just below the freezing mark. Make sure to continue to protect any sensitive outdoor plants.

High pressure will remain wedged down the Appalachians on Thursday keeping temperatures below normal. Late Friday, a weak front is forecast to move across WNC. Moisture looks limited so at this time we believe it will pass through without any precip. However, there will be more clouds around as the front moves through. High pressure builds back in for the Easter weekend with dry, seasonable weather expected.

The forecast for early next week is more uncertain. A weaker, upper level system is forecast to move through the Southeast, possibly sending another front across the area on Monday or Tuesday. The uncertainty lies in how much moisture the front will have to work with and when it will move through. For now, we have a chance of showers in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday, but it’s possible one of those days will end up drier than the other, depending on when the front moves through.

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