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Beech Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:06AM

Brief Break; Busy Weekend

I would not call today "pleasant", but the weather is as pleasant as we'll see for the next 10 days. Skies are generally cloudy with cool temperatures. A few early sprinkles are possible, but the day is dry overall. Rain returns Saturday, especially in the afternoon and evening. The coldest air of the season thus far arrives Sunday on gusty NW winds. Rain changes to snow late Saturday night, and snow showers continue into Sunday morning (a dusting east to a couple inches west near the TN/NC border). Monday will be the coldest day of winter thus far.

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Friday

Hi: 34 Lo: 31

Generally cloudy; Light early rain possible; NW wind 5-15 mph, becoming light in valleys later today
Saturday

Hi: 40 Lo: 22

Cloudy; Light AM rain becoming heavier in the PM; Colder late Sat. night with snow showers; SE wind 5-10 mph, but gusty at higher elev's, becoming NW 10-20 mph & gusty after midnight
Sunday

Hi: 23 Lo: 5

Mostly cloudy; Impressively colder; Mostly AM snow showers; Decreasing clouds Sun. night; NW wind 10-20 mph, AM gusts to 50 mph
Monday

Hi: 17 Lo: 10

Mostly clear; Very Cold; Blustery daytime
Tuesday

Hi: 29 Lo: 28

Daytime sun, but increasing clouds late; Cold, but not AS cold; Light rain Tue. night possibly beginning briefly as freezing rain

Further Out

Wednesday - Cloudy; Daytime rain changing to show showers Wed. night; Gusty wind Wed. night; High in the upper 30s; Low in the lower 20s
Thursday - Mostly cloudy; Snow showers; Colder; Windy; High in the lower 20s; Low in the mid teens

Forecast Discussion

Weather systems are zipping across the country from west to east keeping the forecast office busy.

Yesterday's "little engine that could" is out to sea. Clouds dominate the day with a front stalled nearby. Temperatures are cool.

The next low is more potent. It moves from Oklahoma (late today) to Eastern KY by Saturday evening. Late Saturday night a sharp front moves through. The result will be rain increasing Saturday, and then much colder temperatures after midnight Saturday night changing precipitation to snow showers. Moisture exits quickly Sunday, but the sharp change in temperatures will keep snow showers going into Sunday. Winds become gusty late Saturday night and remain so into Monday.

Skies clear Sunday evening. Monday will be the coldest of winter thus far under mostly clear skies.

Canadian high pressure moves across the Eastern U. S. leaving a cool wedge over us Tuesday.

The next front arrives Wednesday. Light rain is possible by Tuesday night (possibly beginning as a brief period of freezing rain). Wednesday looks wet; then another arctic blast arrives Wednesday evening changing rain to snow showers. Thursday has snow showers, wind and cold temperatures. Cold with potential for snow continues through next weekend.

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