Good Wednesday afternoon…
We mentioned earlier today that a storm system will begin to impact the region on Thursday…the latest model guidance is pointing toward a cold and increasingly wet day across the Western Carolinas with temperatures a good 10-15 degrees colder than the values we are seeing today.
A strong upper level system located in the Southern Plains by tomorrow morning will begin to scoop up abundant moisture into the Southeast US. Some of that mid-level moisture could enter into the Western Carolinas just after sunrise tomorrow.
That moisture will override colder and drier air at the surface (already in place) and that will lead to a hybrid cold air damming setup.
Some light precip could begin in our western counties as early 8 am and will slowly increase through the day. By afternoon expect most everyone to be shrouded in light to moderate rain showers with the first part of this dynamic storm system.
The biggest forecast challenge for tomorrow will be with the temperatures. The afternoon guidance has come in quite cold with the possibility of high temps along the Blue Ridge struggling to reach the 40 degree mark. We are siding with the latest guidance in this forecast package as it looks like the hybrid wedge should form. Matter of fact, we could be looking at a situation where temps slowly rise the entire day on Thursday reaching its zenith just prior to midnight tomorrow night.
Here’s an early glance at our high’s for tomorrow, December 27th…