Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 3:29PM
Another Surge of Cooler Air Coming
Today shouldn't be as active as yesterday, thunderstorm-wise, but it won't be completely dry either. Isolated showers or t-showers will be possible through early this evening. A cold front comes through tonight bringing a noticeably cooler airmass to the area for your Memorial Day weekend. Near-record lows will be possible Saturday morning. The rest of the weekend should stay dry and pleasant for the most part. Early next week, t-storm chances return along with warming temps.
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Hi: 78 Lo: 53
Scattered clouds; Isolated showers and t-showers possible; NW 10-15 mph
Hi: 66 Lo: 37
Patchy AM drizzle possible, otherwise becoming mostly sunny; Unseasonably cool; NW wind 10-20 mph (gusts to 35+ mph possible)
Hi: 72 Lo: 44
Mostly sunny; NW wind 5-15 mph
Hi: 75 Lo: 50
Hi: 78 Lo: 54
Scattered clouds for Memorial Day; An isolated shower or t-storm possible
Tuesday - Partly to mostly cloudy; Isolated showers & t-storms possible; High in the upper 70s; Low in the mid 50s
Wednesday - Partly to mostly cloudy; Isolated showers & t-storms possible; High near 80 degrees; Low in the upper 50s
After an active day yesterday, today should be a bit more tame in the t-storm department. That doesn't mean it will be completely dry, though. A few locations saw some showers early this morning and additional showers or t-showers will be possible this afternoon. But, the coverage should be more isolated compared to yesterday. A slow-moving cold front that stretches from the Great Lakes to the TN Valley will get a bigger push this afternoon. This will help speed the front up some with a passage through the area expected late this afternoon or early this evening.
That front will usher in an unseasonably cooler airmass for the weekend. How many times have we heard that this Spring!? Friday will be the coolest day with highs only expected to be in the 60's...about 10-15 degrees below normal. It will be windy as well with gusts of 35+ mph possible. At night, the winds will begin to decrease somewhat (especially in the valleys) which will allow for near record lows in spots (see the record lows in jeopardy below).
The rest of the Memorial Day weekend looks to stay dry with slowly moderating temperatures (although, it will still remain below normal through Sunday).
Next week, a warm front will approach the area from the SW and potentially stall near or just north of the area. With the front nearby, afternoon chances of showers and t-storms will begin to go back up once again. Temperatures should warm back to normal as well.
RECORD LOWS FOR SATURDAY MORNING
Asheville (downtown): 39 (1925)
Asheville (airport): 37 (1951)
Waynesville: 35 (1951)
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