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Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 5:40PM

Clouds Return

An upper disturbance brings more clouds into the picture tonight and Thursday with a sprinkle or two not out of the question. As far as the weekend goes, shoppers beware...it's going to be a wet and cold Saturday.

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Wednesday

Hi: 47 Lo: 31

Partly to mostly cloudy tonight; NW wind 5-15 mph
Thursday

Hi: 51 Lo: 32

Mostly to partly cloudy; Can't rule out a few AM sprinkles; North wind 5-10 mph
Friday

Hi: 51 Lo: 37

Increasing clouds; Rain develops Fri. night; North wind 5-10 mph
Saturday

Hi: 41 Lo: 34

Cloudy; Rain (possible mixing with snow late Sa. night before ending)
Sunday

Hi: 47 Lo: 34

Partly sunny

Further Out

Monday - Mostly cloudy; Cool; High in the upper 40s; Low in the mid 30s
Tuesday - Mostly cloudy; Scattered light showers; High in the lower 50s; Low in the mid 30s

Forecast Discussion

The next couple of days are quiet for the most part. An upper disturbance brings clouds tonight and a few sprinkles Thursday but nothing more. Friday is a tweener, a sunny start with increasing clouds ahead of this weekend's wet weather maker.

Confidence is growing with regards to the Friday night and Saturday time frame. We've been leaning towards an all rain solution for the southern mountains and foothills all week and that hasn't changed. Low pressure moves from the Texas Gulf Coast Friday morning to the NC coast Sunday morning. The main lacking ingredient is cold air. Rain arrives late Friday night and continues Saturday. While it's going to be chilly Saturday, it's not nearly cold enough for snow. Colder air (and it isn't much colder) doesn't arrive until the event is tapering off so a few flakes mixing in with rain (flurries at higher elev's) Saturday night is possible.

Sunday and Monday are dry, seasonally cool, with a fair amount of clouds. The middle of the week is more active with rain returning late Tuesday and into Christmas Eve.

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