Sunshine A Hot Commodity This Week But If You Like Clouds, Rejoice.

Good Sunday Evening to you and I hope your weekend went well. It was dreary outside of the mountains. Our forecast area picked up on good rainfall Saturday. 1-4 inches of rain fell throughout the 8 county area. 

This week looks like it will be the week that keeps on giving too. Low clouds and fog dominated the forecast area today. Those clouds lead into tonight as well. In fact it looks like a Dense Fog Advisory will be needed as we head toward the morning timeframe. Drizzle has picked up over the last two hours since sunset. That also looks like it will follow us through the night. Unlike last Fall, no drought across Western NC this year. 

As we head into Monday a cold front will approach from the NW. this front should allow this low stratus fog to mix out after sunrise Monday. By that time clouds will begin filtering in from the Northwest. Showers are to follow too. So expect a mostly cloudy Monday with scattered showers. There appears to be enough CAPE (Convective Available Potentially Energy) to produce an isolated stronger storms across the mountains late Monday Morning/Early Monday Afternoon. With the way things look Monday I don’t think any thunder will translate East of the Blue Ridge. If more sun sneaks out Monday Morning then we will have to revisit the thunder chance across the Foothills. I doubt that happens though. Scattered showers remain in the area through Monday Night. Temps Monday should add about 10 degrees to Sunday’s numbers, mid to upper 60’s.

 That aforementioned cold front will stall across our area. Since it does expect more clouds and times of showers and rain through Thursday thanks to short waves moving along the front. Exact timing of those short waves will be updated as we get closer to the Tuesday-Thursday timeframe. High temps should reach the mid and upper 60’s all three days.

Great uncertainty exists Friday - Sunday as it looks like a very strong high pressure could build over Quebec, funneling cold air down the Eastern slopes of the mountains. It looks cloudy and drizzly as well. This air will likely be very cold and there could be precipitation type issues Saturday. It’s something that we will have to watch close. Normal high temps are in the mid 60’s this time of year. We expect our highs for the Friday - Sunday will Be atleast a category below normal.  

 

Chris White

Chief Meteorologist