Forecast Last Updated at Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:11PM
Mild Evening, but Turning Colder Late
The remarkably mild weather continues this evening, although there will be showers around through the night. The mild weather comes to an abrupt end on Saturday as cooler air begins to filter into the region. Rain comes back for Saturday night and Sunday, and it’s going to be cold enough for some freezing rain in eastern sections closer to the Blue Ridge.
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Hi: 69 Lo: 46
Mostly cloudy with occasional showers through tonight; Turning cooler late; SW wind 10-15 mph & gusty, becoming NW around Midnight
Hi: 49 Lo: 36
Early light rain; then mostly cloudy; Much cooler; Rain returns late Saturday night (can't rule out pockets of freezing rain north and east of Black Mountain); NW wind 5-10 mph
Hi: 39 Lo: 37
Cloudy with periods of rain (pockets of freezing rain possible north and east of Black Mountain); Cold & raw; SE wind 5-10 mph
Hi: 56 Lo: 40
Cloudy with periods of rain continuing; Not as cold
Hi: 43 Lo: 26
Some morning rain; Clearing PM & colder
Wednesday - Mostly sunny & chilly; High in the mid 40s; Low in the mid 20s
Thursday - Scattered clouds & brisk; High in the mid 40s; Low in the upper 20s
The leading edge of a sprawling area of impressively cold Arctic air is over east Tennessee, and will make a move into our area by early Saturday. Temperatures late tonight and tomorrow will be noticeably chillier as a result, under mostly cloudy skies (and perhaps some leftover morning light rainfall).
Cold air will continue to wedge southward as shallow Arctic air actually invades more from Virginia vs. coming in from Tennessee. This will set the stage for overrunning rains to develop Saturday night and continue through Sunday, as warm air rides overtop the developing surface cold dome.
A zone of freezing rain will develop closer-to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Locally, we expect all-rain in Asheville, Weaverville and Waynesville. Some freezing rain will occur from Black Mountain northward along the eastern slopes of the mountains and foothills.
Warmer air will convert any freezing rain over to rain Sunday night. Rain chances continue until another cold front sweeps through early Tuesday and clears things out. Seasonably colder weather will be with us Tuesday through Thursday.
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