A soggy start to the weekend, frost/freeze potential increasing for Sunday morning...

Good Thursday evening to everyone…today was a really nice day with temperatures that got up into the lower 60’s in a few spots. Tomorrow will feature another pretty nice day but changes are on the way for the weekend.

 

The jet stream is taking a dip southward and a storm system will move through the Southeast Friday night and into Saturday delivering wet weather to the Western Carolinas. Computer models are currently showing precip moving into the region tomorrow night around the midnight hour (give or take a couple hours) and this will persist through the morning hours of Saturday…making for a wet start to the weekend.

 

As we go through the day colder air will also funnel in and temps that start in the 50’s at 12:01 Saturday morning will slowly drop through the day.

 

The images below is a general timeline of precipitation through Saturday night…


 Futurecast Radar (Saturday 12 am)

Futurecast Radar (Saturday 12 am)

 Futurecast Radar (Saturday 8 am)

Futurecast Radar (Saturday 8 am)

 Futurecast Radar (Saturday 4 pm)

Futurecast Radar (Saturday 4 pm)

 Futurecast Radar (Saturday 10 pm)

Futurecast Radar (Saturday 10 pm)

 

Once precip moves out Saturday night most locations in our coverage area should pick up anywhere from ½ to 1 inch of rainfall.

 

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The other big story coming on the heels of this rain event is the cold air that will move in by Sunday morning. High pressure will be centered roughly near Cincinnati at 8 am Sunday morning, winds here will be light northerly which means it will be ushering in cold air.

Sunday morning right now looks to have the likelihood of bringing a widespread frost to the coverage area and for some of those favored locations, below freezing temps could bring freezing conditions. Would not be surprised at all to see a few upper 20’s Sunday morning in the Foothills.


 Computer Model Projected Surface Pressure Map (Sunday 8 am)

Computer Model Projected Surface Pressure Map (Sunday 8 am)

 Computer Model Projected Temperatures (Sunday 8 am)

Computer Model Projected Temperatures (Sunday 8 am)

 

Just a reminder that we still are in early April and the risk of frost and freeze conditions are still there at this point in the growing season, so we urge that you continue to hold on planting summer items for the next 7-10 days, Generally we consider April 15th the time-frame in which frost/freeze conditions begin to fade away, however considering what we have experienced so far in the first stages of spring mid-April may also be a conservative guess…