A Wet And Chilly Tuesday. Snow Returns To The Forecast In The Mountains.

Good Tuesday Morning. A warm front just moved North through the area and will continue to lift North. Taking a look at temps and I have to note we narrowly missed freezing rain in Alexander and Caldwell Counties. If your travels take you further North today don’t cancel but use caution. There are some localized areas with temps below freezing into Wilkes County. Back into our forecast area it’s all liquid rain and temps in the mid and upper 30’s.  A cold front will approach from the West today and move through the area this afternoon into the evening. A few rounds of rain are likely but totals will generally remain below a half inch. High temps today only getting up I to the lower 40’s.

 

Tuesday Night skies will begin to clear except for in the mountains where snow showers will develop. Strong NW flow should produce a solid 1-4 inch snowfall through Thursday Morning, allowing the ski resorts to open back up after a record setting warm February. Low temps overnight will fall back into the mid 30’s. Low temps in the mountains will be in the upper 20’s

 

Wednesday snow showers continue in the mountains while the remainder of the area drys and clears out.  High temps will be in the upper 40’s to around 50°.  Temps will continue to fall in the mountains back into the mid 20’s.  Winds will be gusty with sustained winds 15-25mph and gusts to 40mph.   

 

Wednesday Night another front moves through the area with very little fanfare outside of the mountains.  The winds slack off a bit down to 5-10mph out of the NW but due to the new fro tal passage I don’t see them going completely calm.  The light breeze should only allow temps to fall down to around the freezing mark. Sheltered valleys however will likely drop down to around 30°. Mountain areas likely will see temps in the low 20’s for lows and the snow continues.

 

Thursday temps start off cold and with full sunshine they only make it back up into the low 40’s. That’s about 15° below average for this time of year. Snow in the mountains will wind down. Winds become gusty area wide again with a few gusts reaching 35 mph outside the mountains and up to 50 mph in the mountains. 

 

Friday and Saturday look to be clear days with no chance of rain. Temps still struggle though with highs in the upper 40’s on Friday and in the low 50’s on Saturday. Rain chances head back up on Sunday. We need to watch this system too. I’m not totally ruling out anything at this point but temps are going to be colder yet again with highs only around 40°. We will keep an eye on it. 

 

Chris White

Chief Meteorologist