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NWS Winter Storm Watch (Avery County)

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Elk River West , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 8:43PM

Rain To Snow Showers

Filtered sunshine gave way to thicker clouds and a period of steady rain arrivestonight. Rain will conclude Monday morning followed by the invasion of drastically colder air. Highs occur early in the day with falling temperatures through Monday afternoon. Snow showers will develop from the top down during Monday afternoon, with snow showers continuing Monday night through much of Tuesday. Snowfall accumulations will favor the western slopes, with 1-3 inches for the majority of the High Country, a dusting in far eastern sections near the Blue Ridge, and 3-6 inches for areas near the NC/TN line. Snowiest locations like Beech, Sugar, Roan Mtn. and Mt. Rogers may receive in excess of a half-foot of snow.

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Sunday

Hi: 49 Lo: 40

Overcast with steady rain arriving tonight; Light east wind
Monday

Hi: 46 Lo: 21

Generally cloudy with morning rain ending; Turning much colder during the afternoon with snow showers developing PM; NW wind 15-25 mph gusting to 40
Tuesday

Hi: 27 Lo: 18

Mostly cloudy; Dramatically colder & blustery; Snow showers, ending during the evening; NW wind 10-20 mph gusting to 35
Wednesday

Hi: 39 Lo: 21

Sunny; Not quite as cold by afternoon
Thursday

Hi: 46 Lo: 30

Partly cloudy; A notch milder

Further Out

Friday - Increasing clouds; Rain arriving PM or Friday night; High in the mid 40s; Low in the mid 30s
Saturday - Morning rain, perhaps changing to snow showers or flurries PM; Generally cloudy; High near 40 degrees; Low in the mid 20s

Forecast Discussion

Low pressure in Alabama tonight will head to the northeast, reaching West Virginia by Monday morning. Clouds thickened today and rain arrives tonight, lasting into Monday morning. Rain totals of around an inch will be possible.

As the rain exits Monday morning, the cold air will begin to flood in. Snow showers will develop during the afternoon, perhaps initially rain showers at lower elevations. It will be all snow showers Monday night through Tuesday with blustery and very cold conditions. Tuesday will be the coldest day since last winter as highs fail to reach the freezing mark.

As the moisture reservoir in the northwest flow aloft dries up, so will our snow showers. Those will taper to flurries by Tuesday evening as skies turn mostly clear. Wednesday will be bright, sunny, but chilly.

Temperatures moderate a bit for Thursday under a partly cloudy sky. Questions abound regarding the timing and track of our next weather system for late week and next weekend. We have rain tentatively scheduled for Friday afternoon into Saturday. It could end as snow showers or flurries.

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