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Linville , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7:18AM

Enjoying the Sunshine

Clearing skies that arrived Tuesday afternoon leads to a full round of sunshine today, albeit still a little cool. Clouds increase Thursday and light rain develops tomorrow afternoon. Some wet flakes could mix-in as it begins, but warmer air aloft returns Thursday evening holding it to a cold rain. Light rain lingers first thing Friday morning, but we dry out quickly thereafter. Temperatures moderate Friday and Saturday ahead of on impressive Arctic blast Sunday. Rain returns Saturday and changes to snow showers Sunday.

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Wednesday

Hi: 40 Lo: 27

Scattered clouds; Cool; NW wind 10-20 mph
Thursday

Hi: 38 Lo: 35

Increasing clouds; Light PM rain, possibly mixing with snow at onset; Light South wind, but SW 5-15 mph & gusty at higher elev's; Becoming NW Thurs. night
Friday

Hi: 47 Lo: 34

Mostly cloudy; Light AM rain tapering off quickly; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty AM
Saturday

Hi: 46 Lo: 34

Cloudy with rain developing; Becoming breezy
Sunday

Hi: 34 Lo: 7

Cloudy; Drastically colder with falling temps; Snow showers; Windy

Further Out

Monday - Decreasing Clouds; Very Cold; Blustery; High in the mid 20s; Low in the mid teens
Tuesday - Mostly sunny; Still chilly, but not as cold; High in the mid 30s; Low in the mid 20s

Forecast Discussion

Today is pleasant with ample sunshine as high pressure is centered over the Southeast.

An area of low pressure passes to our north Thursday night bringing a quick moving cold front with it. Clouds increase quickly Thursday followed by light rain developing in the afternoon. Some wet snow may mix-in at onset, but a warming southwest wind aloft goes to town Thursday evening changing it over to all snow. Temperatures will hold steady or rise at night.

Friday is a "tweener" between Thursday night's frontal passage and a vigorous low pressure system ejecting from Texas this weekend. Other than some leftover morning rain the day is relatively uneventful in comparison to what's coming.

Rain develops Saturday ahead of the low and continues Saturday night. As the low passes just to our north Saturday night a true blast of Arctic air is introduces into the Southeast. Temperatures plummet Sunday with rain showers quickly changing to snow showers Sunday morning. A stout northwest wind adds to the drama.

The moisture is fleeting so the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is dry, but wake-up temperatures will be in the single digits. Not only is the moisture fleeting, but the Arctic air doesn't stick. Temperatures start to moderate Tuesday.

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