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Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:14AM

Cloudy & Cooler, Some Showers

The last unofficial week of summer did not disappoint. The unseasonably warm and muggy conditions are off the table this weekend as high pressure wedges down the eastern slopes of the Appalachians. Afternoon temperatures will be 10 degrees cooler than the last several days with lots of clouds, some fog, and a few showers.

The take away is for a grayer day today than Sunday with spotty showers (some thunder) in the mix. Sunday holds a small promise for some late day sun with only isolated showers. The wedge pattern begins breaking down Labor Day resulting in warmer temperatures, brighter skies, and isolated afternoon thundershowers.

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Hi: 80 Lo: 65

Mostly cloudy; Scattered showers & t-showers; Cooler; SE wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 80 Lo: 64

Morning cloudiness; Becoming partly sunny for the afternoon; Maybe a shower; SE 5-10 mph

Hi: 83 Lo: 64

Becoming partly sunny for Labor Day; Small risk for a pop-up PM shower; SE wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 84 Lo: 65

Scattered clouds; Cannot rule out a PM shower or t-shower

Hi: 84 Lo: 65

A good deal of sunshine; Widely-scattered PM showers or t-showers

Further Out

Thursday - Mix of clouds & sun; A good chance for PM showers & t-storms; High in the lower 80s; Low in the mid 60s
Friday - Partly sunny; Widely scattered PM showers & t-showers; High in the lower 80s; Low in the mid 60s

Forecast Discussion

Early this morning a subtle front passed from the north as high pressure centered over New England squeezes down the eastern edge of the Appalachians. A moist southeasterly flow contributes to plenty of clouds this weekend, keeping a lid on daytime temperatures.

The dailies: Saturday is cloudy with morning and nighttime fog. Scattered showers are fair game pretty much anytime, but it isn't an all day rain. The Blue Ridge escarpment will take the brunt of the gloomy conditions.
Sunday starts off the same, patchy fog and overcast skies. Showers are limited to the isolated category with a few sunny peeks in play by late afternoon. It's not a lock, but areas right along the Blue Ridge will tend to maintain the cloudy conditions.

The wedge begins to erode Labor Day Monday with more afternoon sun for all, warmer temperatures, and isolated afternoon or evening showers. Don't go cancelling any outdoor plans.

The middle of the week is generally par for the course, still a little warm for early September. Shower coverage falls into the isolated category Tuesday, widely scattered Wednesday. A frontal passage is in the works for late Friday or early Saturday. As it stands now the best opportunity for widespread thundershowers is Thursday, the day before the front.


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