Wednesday Discussion: Dry pattern continues in the near term but changes abound for the weekend.

Good Wednesday to everyone across the Foothills and Western Piedmont…

 

Clouds were very stubborn to burn off yesterday across the region and there is a reason to believe the same thing could happen today. All of that in thanks in part to a light northeast flow with shallow moisture trapped in the lower levels of the atmosphere.

 

For today after a seasonably cold start, we should gradually warm up by later today to around the 50 degree mark. Once the low clouds finally burn off mid and high level clouds will then invade from the west, a weak boundary will move through the Southern Appalachians tonight. Shower chances are very slim with this feature late tonight so don’t expect a whole lot from this feature.

 

Once this front passes, we’ll have gusty northwest winds create a bit of a downslope effect across the Foothills and Western Piedmont for Thursday and Friday. Both afternoons will feature the warmest temperatures over the next seven days, afternoon highs could reach 60 degrees especially east of US 321.

 

By Saturday we will be tracking our next frontal boundary. This one will be more potent both in terms of temperature change behind it along with the precipitation out in front. Saturday could feature a line of showers traversing through the Western Carolinas later in the day and into the evening. Temps on Saturday with the increased clouds will be in the 50’s.

 

Once we get to late Saturday night/early Sunday, much colder air will begin to invade on strong northwest winds. Sunday is looking to be a blustery day with a significant drop-off in daytime temperatures (40’s)…and for our followers in the higher elevations (NW Burke, Caldwell, McDowell) snow flurries/snow showers will be possible. We’ll definitely keep an eye on that over the next few days and update that part of the forecast cycle as we get closer…

 

Have a great day!

 

 

Daniel Crawley

Foothills Weather Network