The focus this morning has been patchy fog and temperatures in the 40s. A cool front will pass through our area today with dry air behind the front. This dry air will serve to break up the clouds as sunshine will be back out through this afternoon. That sunshine will cause temperatures to rise into the 50s and low 60s for Western NC with temperatures between 67° and 70° in Upstate towns this afternoon.
The calendar officially switches to Spring tomorrow (Wednesday), but Spring-like conditions won't follow suit. Instead, the upper-level wind flow argues for colder air moving in our direction. This pattern will keep us cooler than normal for much of the late part of March. Cooler air will be starting Wednesday and lasting into the weekend.
Not much has changed since yesterday's discussion on the weekend situation. If you want more of a description, check back on that post.
To summarize, this weekend still holds a good opportunity for rain. A couple of systems will impact us Saturday and Sunday while a cool, northeast breeze holds temperatures in the 40s and 30s. This still looks like all rain with only a slim chance for a mix of sleet/snow and rain at times across Western NC. Yes, it is a close call as to determining where the rain/snow line will be, but there's no denying that a borderline situation for Western NC rarely works out for anyone around here in late March.
It looks as if high elevation snow will be possible on Monday or next week mainly above 3,000ft.
What stands out to me the most about the late March pattern is that we will all have to wait a while for warm conditions to settle in with any consistency. The first six to seven days (if not more) will be more like winter than spring.
1115 Mt. Auburn Road
Public File Contact: