Forecast Last Updated at Friday, March 7, 2014 at 5:01PM
Surprisingly Pleasant Weekend Ahead
The rain and high elevation snow from this morning is long gone and will be followed by clearing skies tonight. This will pave the way for a surprisingly nice weekend after a very messy period the last 24-hrs. Sunshine and above-normal temperatures return for your Saturday. Sunday will have more clouds and perhaps a passing sprinkle, but still nice weather overall. The unseasonably mild weather will continue through midweek.
Hi: 55 Lo: 33
Decreasing clouds this evening; Patchy fog after Midnight; Light NW wind
Hi: 64 Lo: 38
Lots of sunshine & quite mild; NW wind 5-15 mph
Hi: 61 Lo: 37
Mix of clouds & sunshine; Maybe a passing daytime sprinkle; Light NW wind
Hi: 67 Lo: 41
Plenty of sunshine and mild
Hi: 69 Lo: 47
Mostly sunny & very mild; More clouds with a chance for rain late Tuesday night
Wednesday - Mostly cloudy with showers likely; Maybe some thunder; Partly cloudy & colder Wednesday night; High in the lower 60s; Low in the lower 30s
Thursday - Morning snow flurries; Partly cloudy & much colder; High in the upper 30s; Low in the upper 20s
Late winter and early spring are characterized by rapid weather changes, and the next couple days will be no different. This morning, we woke up to generally rain in the valleys, but snow on the mountaintops. Most of the accumulating snow was confined to the higher elevations / ridge tops across SW NC. Close to a foot fell on a few ridgetops NE of Asheville in Yancey County. The precipitation is over now and clearing will continue tonight.
In it’s wake will be the arrival of dramatically milder weather for the upcoming weekend under the primary influence of high pressure. We will have a weak and nondescript frontal zone pushing through on Sunday with some more clouds and maybe a sprinkle, but nothing more.
Monday and Tuesday look great with sunshine and highs soaring into the upper 60s in the valleys.
A storm system and associated cold front will bring our next chances for rain Tuesday night and Wednesday. It will turn colder briefly behind the front next Thursday, with some morning snow flurries.
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