Good Tuesday Morning everyone! I hope that your Tuesday has been good so far!
I highly suggest if you like warm weather, that you find your way outside! Today we will see temperatures in the 60's.
A strong cold front will move through the area late this evening, that will bring much colder temperatures into the area, and will lay the ground work for a pattern change.
This strong cold front will be accompanied by strong winds across the mountains and foothills. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and Rutherford Counties effective from 11 pm this evening through early Thursday morning. This wind will also create some chilly wind chills for Wednesday into Thursday Morning.
Winds gusts could exceed 50 mph in NW Burke, NW Caldwell, NW McDowell, and Rutherford Mountains. Greater Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and Rutherford could see wind gust approaching 40 mph. With saturated soils we could see some power outages on Wednesday.
As we look to Thursday and Friday we should see fairly calm weather besides the wind. Sunny skies and much cooler temperatures. Highs will be in the low to mid 40's with lows in the low to mid 20's.
The Fun and games start to unfold early Saturday morning. The Weather Prediction Center has portions of the forecast area (Catawba, Lincoln, Cleveland, and Rutherford) in a 10% chance of seeing accumulating wintry precipitation (Snow, Sleet, and Freezing Rain) Caldwell, Burke, Alexander, and McDowell are in the 30% chance of seeing accumulating winter precipitation ( Snow, Sleet, and Freezing Rain).
Much uncertainty remains about this forecast.. We have plenty of questions and not many answers. Some questions we have are.. Can we get the Northern Jet, and Southern Jet to phase? How cold is the air? Will the High pressure be strong or weak? Will it anchor or be transient? What is the eventual storm track? 50 miles in one direction or the other can cause major difference in who sees what.
So, yes it is possible we could see snow. We could see Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain. We could see all rain. Right now it looks like snow changing to a wintry mix, changing to rain by Sunday. We still have a few days to figure it out. But start preparing if you live along or north of Interstate 40 for some type of wintry precipitation on Saturday.
We will continue to monitor the forecast and update as needed!
Have a great day!