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Beech Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 5:57PM

Clear, Cold & Blustery Night Ahead

The cold is here to stay this week minus a hiccup of "warmth" Monday afternoon. Flurries ended and clouds peeled back quickly this morning. Now the stage is set for a cold night with a brisk wind under mainly clear skies. Although tomorrow is not as cold, temperatures remains several degrees below average. The first of two fast moving clippers in the next five days gets here Tuesday with snow showers and flurries once again favoring the higher, westward facing slopes. It manages to get even colder Wednesday.

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Hi: 24 Lo: 19

Mostly clear; Cold; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusts to 40 mph

Hi: 33 Lo: 23

Increasing PM clouds; Afternoon brief break from bitter cold; SW wind 5-15 mph, becoming NW 15-25 mph Mon. night with gusts to 45 mph

Hi: 25 Lo: 10

Mostly cloudy; Snow showers; Colder again; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusts to 40 mph

Hi: 17 Lo: 14

Mostly to partly cloudy; Early snow showers or flurries; Very cold; Blustery

Hi: 28 Lo: 23

Early sun, but increasing clouds; Snow showers return Thur. night; Very cold

Further Out

Friday - Mostly cloudy day with snow showers or flurries; Clearing Fri. night; High in the mid 20s; Low in the upper teens
Saturday - Scattered clouds; Not as cold; High in the lower 30s; Low in the mid 20s

Forecast Discussion

Except for Monday, the upper level pattern features a deep trough of cold air over the eastern third of the nation this week. Fast moving disturbances (clippers) in the upper northwest flow buzz through Tuesday and Thursday night dragging reinforcing shots of cold air with them.

The first of the two clippers is a legitimate Alberta Clipper with the low pressure center passing over the Great Lakes Tuesday and into the interior Northeast. An attending cold front Tuesday morning produces northwest flow snow showers and flurries similar to what we experienced last night. Snow amounts with both systems will be light and favor the higher, westward facing slopes closer to the TN border. Snow ends as flurries Wednesday morning. Wednesday is the coldest day of the week and the coldest day of the season to date.

The second clipper moves through the Ohio Valley Thursday eastwards into the Mid-Atlantic Friday. Once again, a strong northwest flow results in snow showers and flurries beginning Thursday night and persisting into Friday.

We get a reprieve from the cold next weekend. Saturday is still cool, but will feel like a walk in the park at that point.


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