Wednesday Weather Preview: Cold Weather locked in...

Yesterday's frontal passage helped push in colder arctic air into the Western Carolinas. Along the front the Foothills and Western Piedmont received a little bit of rainfall, generally around 0.10 inches of liquid while the mountains had a light amount of snow...




Today will be dry with plenty of sunshine but it surely will be on the cold side. If you look at this water vapor image, some of the coldest air in the entire Northern Hemisphere is located in South Central Canada and into the Northern tier of the United States...temperatures in this part of the world are in the -20 range or lower with wind chill values in the -50 to -60 range across sections of Wisconsin, Minnesota and into Illinois...brutal cold for sure!


Thankfully we will not see anything of that nature here in North Carolina, we are going to be located on the very southern edge of the cold dense airmass. You can see marked on the water vapor is a another reinforcing front...that feature is moving into the Southern Appalachian Region today and will provide additional cold air not only for today but going into tonight and Thursday.





After a frigid start to the day (Teens/20's) sunny skies will allow a slow warmup reaching the mid to maybe upper 30's just after lunchtime. However it will be short lived as the reinforcements from the arctic will trickle in...expect another increase in the winds tomorrow with this next blast of cold air...



FutureCast Temps 1 pm




As you can see by late day, temperatures are going to crash once again with this new batch of cold air, after getting above the freezing mark for a few hours during the afternoon we will drop back below the 32 degree mark by sunset or just after...



FutureCast Temperatures 4 pm


By late evening, everyone will be in the deep freeze with low/mid 20's expected and going lower. Wind Chill values will be in the teens and dropping as well. Come sunrise Thursday everyone will likely be in the teens to around 20 degrees...




FutureCast Temperatures 10 pm...


For our friends in the North Carolina High Country, Wednesday will be a brutal day as that next blast of arctic chill moves in. A stray snow flurry can't be ruled out across the higher elevations of Mitchell, Avery or Watauga County with high's in the teens to around 20 degrees early with falling temps in the afternoon. Wind Chill values will be dangerous as well going below zero and bottoming out as low as -10 in a few spots. Wind Chill Advisories are in effect through Thursday morning...




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