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Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:07PM

Chilly Tonight; More Clouds Friday

After another chilly start this morning, we took a small step up this afternoon. Temperatures ended up around 5 degrees milder than yesterday afternoon. Still below normal, but some improvement. Clouds build back in tonight and on Friday putting a brief pause on the temperature moderation. Some light rain accompanies the clouds Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Clouds will begin decreasing Saturday night leading to a sunnier, more seasonable Easter Sunday. Seasonable and dry weather continues into Monday.

Thursday

Hi: 61 Lo: 39

Increasing clouds after Midnight; Light SE wind
Friday

Hi: 60 Lo: 43

Mostly cloudy; Can't rule out some light rain developing in the afternoon; Slightly higher coverage of light rain at night; Light wind becoming East 5-10 mph
Saturday

Hi: 63 Lo: 44

Mostly cloudy; AM light rain; Decreasing clouds Sat. night; NE wind 5-10 mph
Sunday

Hi: 70 Lo: 47

Mostly sunny; Rather pleasant for Easter
Monday

Hi: 72 Lo: 51

Partly to mostly cloudy; Showers possible Mon. night

Further Out

Tuesday - Mostly cloudy with showers and t-showers possible; High in the lower 70s; Low in the lower 50s
Wednesday - Mostly sunny; High in the lower 70s; Low in the upper 40s

Forecast Discussion

Temperatures tonight won’t get quite as cold as the last couple of nights thanks, in part, to increasing clouds after Midnight. It will still be below normal, though.

Looking at Friday / Saturday, the forecast took a bit of a turn this morning. An area of low pressure is forecast to develop over the Gulf of Mexico Friday morning, move across northern FL Friday night and then move off the Southeast Coast Saturday. We have known about this potential low over the last couple of days, but it looked as if it would stay far enough away from WNC to create any problems. That changed this morning as it now looks like it will pass a bit closer to the area and be a bit stronger. Locally, that means more clouds tonight through Saturday and we did have to put light rain back in the forecast Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. While we did put rain back in, it does not look to be particularly heavy with only very light rainfall expected at this time. The low pulls far enough away from the area by Easter Sunday to give us dry, seasonable weather. For Sunrise services Sunday, we expect decreasing clouds with temperatures in the low-40’s.

High pressure moving in on Sunday keeps the weather quiet through Monday. On Monday night, the high shifts east as a weak cold front approaches from the west. This front is forecast to move across the area on Tuesday bringing the next chance of showers and possibly a few thundershowers.

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