weather discussion

thurSDAY, MARCH 30th, 2017

Good Thursday to everyone across the Western Piedmont and Foothills of Western North Carolina. We continue to embrace an active weather pattern across the Southern tier of the country and it begins here in the near term.


 Yesterday was a beautiful day across the region as temperatures got well up into the 70’s under partly cloudy skies. Today it will be a lot different as east and eventually southeast flow will pump moisture back toward the Western Carolinas.


Today is going to feature a lot more in the way of clouds along with showers, mist and drizzle. That will gradually develop through the day as some upslope flow will begin especially in our foothill counties. Temps as a result will be significantly cooler today, hovering in the  60’s.


Our attention also shifts to another strong upper level feature coming out of the Southern Plains. It has already produced severe weather over the past couple days and will continue to do so today across the Mid-South. Moisture associated with that feature will also begin to impact the Western Carolinas by tonight and into the first half of Friday.


The one encouraging trend for the Western Carolinas is that timing of the storm system would suggest a limited chance of severe weather. Also, today’s weather has resulted in a cold pool of air along the Blue Ridge that will further help stabilize things. We’ll continue to monitor in case of any changes.


The bulk of the rain should finish up by Friday afternoon and infact I think the second half of the day Friday may turn out to be fairly nice. It all depends on how fast the clouds can scour out. That will also impact Friday’s daytime temps, we currently are leaning toward upper 60’s on Friday but given the airmass, a quick decrease in clouds may result in a spike in temps closer to 70.


The best news we can give right now is that the weekend looks to be about perfect as all the active weather should be gone. Temps on Saturday and Sunday will be in the 70’s with low humidity.


By early next week another disturbance will be exiting the Plains and coming our way. Wash, rinse and repeat!


Daniel Crawley

Foothills Weather Network