Good Saturday Morning. This is a followup discussion referring to the potential for winter weather toward the end of the upcoming Christmas Week. Please see Daniel's Discussion for today's weather and the weather into Christmas.
As Daniel said an interesting pattern is developing from Christmas through the end of the year. Our eyes are focusing on the Thursday December 28 through Saturday December 30th. Strong high pressure will ridge down the East slope of the Blue Ridge on Thursday from the North. This will spread deep arctic air into the forecast area along. Low pressure will develop over the Southeast. This low will spread moisture up and over top of the cold air leading to the potential for a winter storm across the area Thursday though Saturday. The timing of the event is somewhat questionable still but this storm could have a significant impact to our forecast area with a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. The potential exists for mainly snow along and North of I-40 and sleet and an ice storm along I-85. This forecast will evolve over the next few days so stay tuned. It is way too soon to know how much accumulation will occur due to precipitation type issues. We are still 5-7 days out from the event although timing is leaning toward Thursday Night into Friday.
Next update will be Sunday Morning 12/24/17