The Week Ahead: a robust mid-December.

Good evening! We hope everyone has fared well during our bout with Winter Storm Diego. We are still under a winter weather advisory until 11 am Tuesday as frozen fog may develop in isolated low lying areas this evening. This week has already been quite eventful as we are finally in the recovery stage now that the clouds have generally cleared out. What can we expect in our Week Ahead?


Short term forecast (Tonight- Wednesday)

It will be very important for those who are considering driving tonight to take extreme caution as vehicles with 4 wheel drive are still getting stuck on the roads. New to our situation is the addition of black ice now that we see some minor melting and temperatures are falling into the low 20's tonight due to the lack of insulating cloud coverage. As mentioned above, frozen fog is an additional threat to our overnight into early morning conditions. See the closings listed below:


CLOSED: Tuesday December 11th, 2018​


Alexander County Schools: Optional Teacher Workday, Staff to report at 10 am

Burke County Schools; Optional Teacher Workday, Campuses open for staff 10 am

Caldwell County Schools; Optional Teacher Workday, Staff can report at 10 am​

Catawba County Schools; Closed to Students and Staff

Cleveland County Schools; Closed to Students and Staff

Hickory City Schools;  Closed on Tuesday to students and staff

Lincoln County Schools; Closed to Students and Staff

McDowell County Schools;  Closed Tuesday Optional Teacher Workday at 10am

McDowell Technical Community College: Closed to Students and Staff

Newton-Conover Schools: Closed for Students, Staff to report at 10 am

New Dimensions School; Closed Tuesday for Students and Staff

​​Rutherford County Schools; Annual Leave Day (Students and Staff)

Western Piedmont Community College; Closed Tuesday


To check in later on what will be closed, see our closings page.


Tuesday on through Wednesday we have an exiting trough being chased out by a weak ridge, bringing more benign weather, a much needed break from the hectic mess that the weather has been, Expect overnight lows in the 20's with diurnal highs in the 40's, mostly sunny conditions, and west-southwest winds of 5 mph.


Long Term Forecast (Thursday-Saturday)

Starting on Thursday we see a one-two punch of short wave trough and then a fully developed trough to which will bring back the moisture and precipitation into the region. On Thursday we will see the same chilly features of daily highs in the upper 40's, chance of rain 60% in the late afternoon, overnight lows in the mid 30's, chance of wintry mix is also 60% as we move over into the Friday day. Friday will be overcast and rainy, highs in the upper 40's and lows in the upper 30's. Saturday is where we see things heat up as one might say as the daily high will be in the low 50's and the precipitation probability will drop from 50% down to 10% as we go into Saturday night with the exiting of the full trough.


The major dangers of this event as we see it now is that we do expect for this snow to take it's time in melting, but as it melts and the rain moves into the area, we are concerned about swelling creeks, rivers, lakes, and dams in the region. Those prone to flooding need to prepare their themselves and property for what is to come by this week's end.


Thanks for reading!

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