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Elk River East , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1:07PM

All I Want for Christmas Is Some Sun

Sun will be a welcome Christmas Present--Christmas Day may be the next time we see it. Clouds, fog, cool temperatures, and drizzle characterize today's weather. Clouds, fog, rain showers, and drizzle remain with us tonight and Tuesday with slowly rising temperatures. More significant rain arrives late Tuesday continuing Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Prospects for a White Christmas continue to dwindle. Colder air arrives Wednesday night with flurries late Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Christmas Day looks chilly with clearing skies in the afternoon.

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Monday

Hi: 46 Lo: 39

Cloudy with fog & patchy drizzle; Light SE wind (5-15 mph at higher elev's)
Tuesday

Hi: 51 Lo: 49

Cloudy with fog; Spotty light rain; Steadier rain late day & Tue. night; Light wind, except SW 15-25 mph at higher elev's
Wednesday

Hi: 55 Lo: 29

Cloudy; Rain through evening; Turning colder Wed. night; Snow flurries late Wed. night; Light SW wind (but 15-25 mph at higher elev's) becoming NW 10-20 & gusty mph late Wed. night
Thursday

Hi: 39 Lo: 27

Early flurries; Then clearing skies; Chilly
Friday

Hi: 53 Lo: 33

Clear; Milder

Further Out

Saturday - Increasing clouds; Seasonally mild temperatures; High in the lower 50s; Low in the lower 30s
Sunday - Mostly to partly cloudy; Near-average temperatures; High in the upper 40s; Low in the mid 20s

Forecast Discussion

Low pressure is sliding up the Atlantic Coast early this week. It will be near Hatteras by sunset. High pressure centered in the Canadian Maritimes is wedged down the Appalachians. The result will be lots of clouds and patchy fog through the daytime Tuesday. Rain showers develop tonight as well. Temperatures are chilly today but will gradually "mild up" Tuesday.

A potent front makes a slow march across the Mississippi and Tennessee River Valleys Tuesday and Wednesday, reaching us about sunset Christmas Eve. Ahead of the front steadier rain develops late Tuesday lasting through Tuesday night and Wednesday, ending Wednesday evening.

Colder air behind the front arrives late Wednesday night. Snow flurries are possible after midnight Christmas Eve into early Christmas Day. The thread by which hopes for a White Christmas was hanging is frayed.

Skies clear Christmas Day with chilly temperatures. Temperatures quickly rise again Friday to above seasonal norms with high pressure to our south. Timing on the next front is "all over the map" but it looks moisture-starved regardless. Some precipitation next weekend is not impossible, but we've left it out for now pending better consensus from computer guidance. Temperatures remain above average Saturday, but will be cooler Sunday.

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