Forecast Last Updated at Monday, December 16, 2019 at 6:48AM
Clouds Increase; Rain Tonight
We are starting off the day on a nice and clear note but changes happen quickly as clouds increase out ahead of an approaching front from the west. Temperatures today are very mild due to a warm moist southerly wind. We can't rule out a light shower or few sprinkles late this afternoon however rain chances ramp up tonight as the front draws closer. Rain starts off our day on Tuesday and ends by midday. The front blasts through early in the morning and temperatures crash behind the front on a brisk NW wind. As the colder air presses in flurries and snow showers develop late Tuesday afternoon ending late Tuesday night. Wednesday is significantly colder and blustery.
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Hi: 51 Lo: 45
Becoming cloudy; Cannot rule out light rain or sprinkles late afternoon; Mild; Rain develops Mon. night; SW wind 5-15 mph, breezy at higher elev's
Hi: 47 Lo: 20
Mostly cloudy; Rain through midday; Turning colder with flurries and snow showers developing around sunset; Wind becoming NW 10-20 mph with gusts to 40 mph
Hi: 29 Lo: 18
Mostly sunny; Cold & blustery: NW wind 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph, higher up top
Hi: 36 Lo: 24
Mostly clear; Not as cold; More clouds Thur night
Hi: 41 Lo: 27
Saturday - Cloudy; A mix of snow and rain; High in the upper 30s; Low in the upper 20s
Sunday - Scattered clouds; Seasonal; High in the lower 40s; Low in the upper 20s
Low pressure centered across the Tennessee Valley moves northeast today reaching the mid-Atlantic region Tuesday night while a warm front extends from west to east across Central Virginia. South of the front warm and moist air is being drawn northward from the Gulf Coast. This leads to an unseasonably mild start to our week across the High Country. After a mainly clear start early this morning, clouds quickly increase as moisture continues to build in from the south. We can't entirely rule out a light shower or few sprinkles late this afternoon however significant rain will hold until later tonight as a cold front pushes in from the west.
Steady rain continues Tuesday morning through midday until the attending cold front moves through. High temperatures occur during the morning hours tomorrow as temperatures crash behind the front on a strong NW wind. With the colder air comes a transition to flurries and snow showers developing by Tuesday evening (earlier at higher elev's). Snowfall amounts are generally light, with inch at higher elevations to around a dusting in the Boone area. Overall, it's novelty level stuff and ends Tuesday night.
Wednesday is quite cold and blustery as Canadian based high pressure builds south. The high shifts to our east Thursday and Friday and afternoon temperatures moderate.
Saturday, an area of low pressure spins up from the Gulf. There are still lots of questions but our thinking as it sits this morning is that we could have a spell of snow/rain mix for Saturday as temperatures will be just a touch too warm for anything exceptionally exciting. Drier weather returns on Sunday with seasonal temperatures.
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