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Elk River East , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 7:05AM

Cloudy & Cooler, Some Showers

The last unofficial week of summer did not disappoint. The unseasonably warm and muggy conditions are off the table this weekend as high pressure wedges down the eastern slopes of the Appalachians. Afternoon temperatures will be 10 degrees cooler than the last several days with lots of clouds, some fog, and a few showers (emphasis along the Blue Ridge).

The take away is for a grayer day today than Sunday with spotty showers in the mix. Sunday holds a small promise for some late day sun for the western slopes and only isolated showers. The wedge pattern begins breaking down Labor Day resulting in warmer temperatures, brighter skies, and isolated afternoon showers.

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Saturday

Hi: 74 Lo: 62

Generally cloudy with fog; Scattered showers; Light SE wind
Sunday

Hi: 74 Lo: 62

Generally cloudy; Morning fog; Isolated showers; Partial afternoon sun west; SE wind 5-10 mph
Monday

Hi: 75 Lo: 56

Mostly to partly cloudy; Isolated afternoon showers; SE wind 5-10 mph
Tuesday

Hi: 77 Lo: 58

Partly cloudy; An isolated afternoon t-shower possible
Wednesday

Hi: 77 Lo: 59

Partly to mostly cloudy; Widely scattered PM t-showers

Further Out

Thursday - Mostly cloudy; Scattered showers & t-showers; High in the mid 70s; Low in the upper 50s
Friday - Partly sunny; Widely scattered PM showers & t-showers; High in the lower 70s; Low in the upper 50s

Forecast Discussion

Early this morning a subtle front passed from the north as high pressure centered over New England squeezes down the eastern edge of the Appalachians. A moist southeasterly flow contributes to plenty of clouds this weekend, keeping a lid on daytime temperatures.

The dailies: Saturday is cloudy with morning and nighttime fog. Scattered showers are fair game pretty much anytime, but it isn't an all day rain. The Blue Ridge escarpment will take the brunt of the gloomy conditions.
Sunday starts off the same, patchy fog and overcast skies. Showers are limited to the isolated category with a few sunny peeks in play for western slopes by late afternoon. It's not a lock, but areas along the Blue Ridge pretty much stay socked in with clouds and patchy fog.

The wedge begins to erode Labor Day Monday with more afternoon sun for all, warmer temperatures, and isolated afternoon or evening showers. Don't go cancelling any outdoor plans.

The middle of the week is generally par for the course, still a little warm for early September. Shower coverage falls into the isolated category Tuesday, widely scattered Wednesday. A frontal passage is in the works for late Friday or early Saturday. As it stands now the best opportunity for widespread thundershowers is Thursday, the day before the front.

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