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NWS Wind Chill Advisory (Buncombe County)

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Asheville , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 6:30PM

Cold Is Still The Word

Today was the coldest day of the work week, but it still won't be as cold as this upcoming Saturday. The takeaway moving forward is not as cold Thursday and Friday, then seriously colder this weekend as more arctic air plunges southward through western NC. I know, an expansive vocabulary :-). Flurries continue into Thursday morning, mainly as you head north and west towards the NC/TN line. Then again late Friday and Saturday morning with the reinforcing arctic front. Otherwise, there isn't any "exciting" potential until early next week.

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Wednesday

Hi: 25 Lo: 16

Scattered clouds & very cold; Flurries remain; NW wind 5-15 mph & gusty
Thursday

Hi: 35 Lo: 21

Maybe an early snow flurry; Partly cloudy; Continued cold; NW wind 10-15 mph & gusty
Friday

Hi: 43 Lo: 21

Partly to mostly cloudy; Not as cold; Cannot rule out daytime sprinkles; Snow flurries possible Friday night; NW wind 5-15 mph
Saturday

Hi: 26 Lo: 10

Early flurries possible; Becoming mostly sunny; Another Arctic cold shot
Sunday

Hi: 30 Lo: 19

Mostly clear & very cold; Increasing clouds Sun. night

Further Out

Monday - Generally cloudy; Daytime wintry mix; High in the mid 30s; Low near 30 degrees
Tuesday - Mostly cloudy; Light snow or rain/snow mix possible; High in the lower 40s; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

A sprawling upper level trough remains positioned over the eastern third of the U.S. tonight. Flurries are still not out of the question in the southern mountains though any residual accumulating snow is limited to the highest ridges and the Smokies.

The trough lifts north tomorrow allowing for a two-day temperature moderation. It goes from really cold Wednesday, to "regular" cold Thursday, and almost seasonal Friday. The game is over this weekend as a reinforcing shot of arctic air plunges into the Southeast. The airmass is quite dry so we don't expect anything more than flurries for most of us late Friday into Saturday morning. The higher elevations along the TN border and the Smokies will lean more toward snow showers Friday night. This Saturday and Saturday night is likely as cold as it's going to get all winter.

Relatively speaking, we'll get out of the deep freeze Sunday afternoon with increasing clouds late. Low pressure develops in Texas Sunday moving across the Southeast Monday. It's too early to clearly characterize the Monday event... could be a snow to mix (even briefly to rain) to snow showers event, but nobody knows yet. Stay tuned. Tuesday has lots of clouds with less cold temperatures; however, light precipitation cannot be ruled out even Tuesday.

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