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Sugar Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 12:44PM

Hang In There

A moist (and brisk) northwest flow keeps the low clouds, mist and drizzle machine well oiled today. Western slopes will be in the thick of it, while the eastern escarpment is brighter, especially this afternoon. It will be Monday morning before all locations finally clear out. Let's leave it here... Monday through Wednesday are exceptionally nice for mid-December!

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Sunday

Hi: 39 Lo: 31

Generally cloudy; Areas of fog; Lingering light rain or drizzle/mist, especially west; NW wind 10-20 mph & gusty
Monday

Hi: 41 Lo: 26

Becoming mostly sunny; Seasonal; NW wind 10-20 mph & gusty
Tuesday

Hi: 42 Lo: 26

Lots of sunshine; Nice day; Light wind
Wednesday

Hi: 43 Lo: 34

Mostly sunny; Pleasant streak continues; More clouds Wednesday night
Thursday

Hi: 42 Lo: 36

Mostly cloudy; Rain returns

Further Out

Friday - Mostly cloudy; Periods of rain; Changing to snow showers Fri. night; High in the lower 40s; Low in the upper 20s
Saturday - Morning light snow or flurries possible; Decreasing afternoon clouds; Chilly; High in the mid 30s; Low in the mid 20s

Forecast Discussion

Low pressure moves up the Mid-Atlantic coast this afternoon moving us one step closer to nicer weather. However, wrap around moisture on a blustery northwest flow keeps the muck intact for one more day. Areas along the Blue Ridge will see some blue skies on the eastern horizon as it's mostly sunny in the Foothills/Piedmont. Western slopes nearest the TN border don't have much of a chance. It will take all night before we really dry out and some flurries are possible up top before it's said and done.

Finally, high pressure takes the helm Monday through Wednesday. Expect ample sunshine, near seasonal temperatures, and no surprises.

The next wet weather maker comes out of the northern Gulf Thursday and slowly works through the TN and Ohio Valleys Friday. Rain develops Thursday morning and intervals of rain continue into Friday. Colder air invades Friday night changing rain to snow showers. The path of the storm has a more northerly trajectory, towards the lower Great Lakes as opposed to the Mid Atlantic or New England. That's not a great path for a sustained northwest flow snow so we should dry out pretty quickly Saturday morning.

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