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Asheville , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:17AM

Dry Friday; Light Rain Tonight / SAT

Today will be dry and seasonable with a decent amount of sunshine early. However, high clouds will quickly move in by this afternoon signaling the next storm system’s arrival. That system will bring some light precipitation to western NC late tonight through Saturday morning. For SW NC and the Foothills, we expect mostly rain. If you want to see snow, you’ll have to head up to the mountains of NW NC or the highest elevations of SW NC. Even there, not much accumulation is expected. We get a brief break Saturday night and Sunday, then more rain moves in Sunday night and Monday as we remain in an unsettled pattern.

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Hi: 51 Lo: 34

Increasing clouds; Spotty light rain develops late tonight; North wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 44 Lo: 32

Generally cloudy with daytime rain showers, especially AM; Partial clearing Sat. night; Light wind

Hi: 50 Lo: 36

Partly to mostly cloudy; Rain develops Sun. night; Light SE wind

Hi: 47 Lo: 38

Cloudy & cool; Rain showers

Hi: 52 Lo: 42

Mostly cloudy; Showers possible during the day, then increasing in coverage Tue. night

Further Out

Wednesday - Mostly to partly cloudy; Lingering light rain possible (may end as flurries); High in the upper 40s; Low in the lower 30s
Thursday - Mostly sunny for Christmas Day; High in the mid 40s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

We are entering somewhat of a messy weather pattern over the next several days. The first system up is an area of low pressure that is currently developing along the TX coast. Yesterday we mentioned the system was looking weaker and that hasn’t changed today. However, we still expect some light precipitation (mostly rain) late tonight through Saturday morning / early afternoon. The only place we think might see some flakes is in the highest elevations of SW NC and on up into the higher terrain of NW NC. If you have plans to be out and about on Saturday, bring the rain gear, but we don’t expect an all-day rain event at all.

We get a brief break in the action Saturday night through the daytime hours Sunday. Then, the next system moves up through the Southeast / East Coast bringing widespread rain to western NC Sunday night through Monday. Right along the Blue Ridge in SW NC, we will have to watch temps closely as some patchy freezing rain can’t be ruled out north of Asheville. For now, though, we expect just a cold rain. The rain tapers off some later Monday into Monday night, but light rain and drizzle may linger into Monday night with lots of moisture hanging around.

Tuesday will continue to have a lot of cloudiness with a few rain showers possible during the day. Then yet another system comes through Tuesday night with another round of rain expected. The cold front associated with this system will quickly sweep through Wednesday morning bringing colder, drier air with it. As the cold air arrives, any lingering light rain may change to flurries in the mountains by Wednesday afternoon with flurries remaining possible into Christmas Eve. In the Foothills, the rain tapers off by Wednesday afternoon, but for now, no flurries are expected.

For now, Christmas day looks mostly dry with temperatures running near to slightly below normal.


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