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NWS Special Weather Statement (Buncombe County)

Current Conditions
Black Mtn

Temp: 44.3°F
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Black Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6:04PM

Light Precip Tonight / SAT

A weak storm system will bring some light precipitation to western NC late tonight through Saturday morning. For SW NC and the Foothills, we expect mostly light rain. However, some very light sleet or snow can't be ruled out, especially in the mountains north of Asheville and on up into Boone. A flurries may even mix in north of HWY 421 in the Foothills. But, little to no accumulation is expected which is why the Snowman-O-Mometer is at "No Chance". 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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Friday

Hi: 51 Lo: 32

Cloudy tonight; Spotty light rain develops after Midnight (may mix with light sleet or snow, especially in the higher elevations); Light wind
Saturday

Hi: 44 Lo: 29

Generally cloudy with spotty light rain, mainly AM (may mix with light sleet or snow early in the higher elevations); Partial clearing Sat. night; Light wind
Sunday

Hi: 49 Lo: 34

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

Hi: 46 Lo: 36

Cloudy & cool; Rain showers
Tuesday

Hi: 51 Lo: 40

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 near 30 degrees
Thursday - Mostly sunny for Christmas Day; High in the mid 40s; Low near 30 degrees

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 moving along the Gulf Coast. Yesterday we mentioned the system was looking weaker and that hasn’t changed today. However, we still expect some light precipitation late tonight through Saturday morning / early afternoon. Temperatures are borderline, but some light sleet or snow can't be ruled out, especially in the mountains north of Asheville. In the Foothills, we expect mostly light rain, but north of HWY 421, a few flurries may fly. Little or no accumulation is expected with this system, even in the mountains, which is why the Snowman-O-Mometer is at "No Chance". 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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