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Beech Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 3:02PM

Clouds; Chilly; Light PM Precip

A weak low passes through the Appalachians today. Temperatures are just cold enough for precipitation to begin this afternoon as light snow. Precipitation will change to light rain late this afternoon or this evening. We managed some light accumulations; however, time of day and marginal temperatures limited significant travel problems. Clouds decrease Friday after early light rain. A much more potent front arrives Saturday. The coldest air of the season thus far arrives Sunday on gusty NW winds changing precipitation to snow showers. Monday will be very cold.

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Thursday

Hi: 32 Lo: 31

Cloudy; Light afternoon snow changing to light rain; Light SE wind, but breezy up top
Friday

Hi: 36 Lo: 31

Mostly cloudy; Light early rain possible; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty early, becoming light Fri. night
Saturday

Hi: 40 Lo: 27

Cloudy; Light AM rain becoming heavier in the PM; Light South wind but gusty at higher elev's, becoming NW 10-20 mph & gusty late Sat night
Sunday

Hi: 29 Lo: 4

Cloudy; Drastically colder; Daytime snow showers; Decreasing clouds Sun. night; Windy
Monday

Hi: 15 Lo: 8

Mostly clear; Very Cold; Blustery daytime

Further Out

Tuesday - Daytime sun, but increasing clouds Tue. night; Cold, but not as cold; High in the mid 20s; Low in the mid 20s
Wednesday - Cloudy; Daytime rain changing to show showers Wed. night; High in the lower 30s; Low near 20 degrees

Forecast Discussion

Systems are moving quickly across the country from west to east.

Today, a weak low zips across the Appalachians with clouds and light precipitation. Precipitation starts as a period of light snow before changing to light rain late this afternoon or this evening. Light rain ends early Friday morning.

A much more potent front arrives Saturday. Ahead of the front temperatures will "mild up" Friday; then clouds thicken Friday night. Expect rain Saturday, especially in the afternoon and evening.

The coldest air of the season thus far arrives Sunday. Winds become blustery, and precipitation changes to snow showers with light accumulations expected favoring the western side of our region.

Skies clear Sunday night. Monday will be the coldest day we've had so far this winter, in spite of ample sunshine. Winds diminish Monday night.

Tuesday is cold, but less cold. Clouds increase again Tuesday night. The next front (the third in 7 days) arrives Wednesday with rain changing to snow showers Wednesday evening. After that, cold hangs around for the foreseeable future.

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