Saturday Weather Briefing: Seasonably cold weather continues for Saturday, then clouds and rain chances increase

Good Saturday to everyone…here in the early morning hours as this discussion is being written it is quite frigid with temperatures  in the 20’s.


Today is most likely going to be the nicest day of the forecast period in regards to sunshine. We should have a good amount of sun today, maybe some clouds mixed in at times. But overall not bad weather for the third weekend of December. High temperatures this afternoon should average in the mid to upper 40’s across the coverage area.


Chilly conditions will continue for tonight with just a slight increase in clouds. With that said, lows tonight will be in the lower 30’s so it will be another cold start as you get ready for church services.


Sunday will feature an increase of clouds due in part to a surface low that is developing along the Gulf Coast. That low will begin to spread some moisture toward the Western Carolinas by Sunday night, a few showers will roll in at that point. Temperatures on southwest winds may reach the lower 50’s Sunday  with Sunday night values milder than recent nights due to the increased moisture and clouds.


The unfortunate part in all of this is that we will not get significant amounts of rainfall from this first storm system on Sunday night, rainfall amounts of .10 - .20 are possible through first thing Monday morning and that may be dependent on if there is disruption of moisture transport over the region. Computer guidance has trended in that way in recent model runs and we’re taking that into account with our forecast.


The other fly in the forecast ointment is in relation to the amount of sunshine we’re actually going to see  for the first half of next week. Even with moisture generally staying to our south, high and mid level overcast could at times persist into our area. So overall, we may be getting to enter into a period of extended clouds. What at one time looked like some good rain chances are starting to dwindle as we get closer. Here is a look at precip amounts expected through Wednesday…

 WPC precip forecast througb Wednesday 7 am

WPC precip forecast througb Wednesday 7 am

One change that you may notice a lot more for next week is that daytime temperatures will jump at or above normal consistently for the first time in about two weeks. Afternoon highs Monday-Wednesday afternoons will jump up into the 50’s and even a few 60’s. These temperatures are about 5-10 degrees above Mid-December norms.  As we get to the second half of the week a new front will begin marching toward the east coast providing another cooldown.


Have a great Saturday!



Daniel Crawley

Foothills Weather Network