WEATHER BRIEFING: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: SNOW FLURRIES POSSIBLE TODAY, THEN ANOTHER COLD SHOT.

A rapidly intensifying storm system will move up off the Atlantic Coast during the day today. While the strongest snow bands will remain well to our east, a few flurries are certainly possible in Eastern parts of our viewing area this afternoon and evening. However, there is still a lot of dry air in place overhead, so snowfall rates will be light and accumulation is unlikely. As a result of the rapidly deepening low off the coast and an incoming high pressure center that will bring us another cold shot for the late part of the week, a strong pressure gradient will set up over our area beginning tonight into tomorrow, which will lead to increased winds in our area. Winds of 15-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph are possible on Thursday, which will make temperatures feel even colder than they actually are. In fact, it is likely that conditions tomorrow will feel colder than any other day this week. As for the actual temperatures, highs will likely not reach the freezing mark on Thursday and Friday, and only southern and eastern locations will see highs above freezing on Saturday. Lows at night will settle in the upper single digits and lower teens Thursday night and Friday night. Thankfully, the Northwest winds that will be in place on Thursday will back off and be replaced by a calm southerly flow by the weekend. This change in wind direction will precede our next weather maker, which could bring a potential wintry mess setup for early next week. Following this system, temperatures will finally warm up to near normal levels, finally bringing a reprieve from the worst of the winter season.

 Greenville-Spartanburg NWS Probabilities of >0.1" of snow for Wednesday into Thursday.

Greenville-Spartanburg NWS Probabilities of >0.1" of snow for Wednesday into Thursday.

 GFS Forecasted winds for 1800 UTC (1 p.m. ET) on Thursday.

GFS Forecasted winds for 1800 UTC (1 p.m. ET) on Thursday.

Have a great Wednesday!

Chase Scott Graham