Saturday Weather Briefing: One day relief from the cold before arctic air re-loads for the New Year

Good Saturday to everyone across the Foothills and Western Piedmont, the last holiday season of 2017 is here and the weather should be pretty nice but cold.


It is plenty chilly if you are out and about first thing this morning, temperatures are in the 20’s and low 30’s depending on your location. Your Saturday weather is not going to be too bad for the 30th of December. There will be some clouds moving through at times but plenty of sun is expected with temperatures in the upper 40’s and some lower 50’s especially in Piedmont locations.


Today we are going to be out ahead of the next arctic front that will chill us down in a big way going into 2018. West and southwest winds during the daytime will veer around to a northerly and northeast direction helping funnel in the cold air, temperatures should be well down into the 20’s by first thing Sunday morning.


New Year’s Eve will be cooler by as much as 10-15 degrees as a monster arctic high pushes down across a good portion of the US, it will be setting up camp and not in much of a hurry to leave. Sunday’s 30’s will quickly tail off after sunset, if you have outdoor plans to bring in the new year please bundle up as it will be frigid. Wear layers, gloves, scarves and the whole nine yards.


By Sunday night our region may be entering a multi-day period of temperatures at or below freezing during the peak daylight hours and temperatures well below freezing at night. Are you prepared for the extended cold blast?

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New Years Day will be down right frigid for Western North Carolina standards with temperatures 20 or more degrees below Jan 1st norms. After a cold start in the teens, daytime values will be lucky to reach the low 30’s



Then by Monday night a large arctic high will be located across the Ozarks, it will set the stage for the coldest night in the upcoming forecast package with low to mid teens expected in the lower elevations and a single digits for places like Little Switzerland (NW McDowell), Jonas Ridge (NW Burke), and Globe (NW Caldwell)



Only slight improvement is expected on Tuesday or Wednesday as daytime temperatures will briefly get above freezing for some areas with continued chilly readings in the teens at night. By Thursday a secondary piece of arctic air will be dropping down and will help sustain the current pattern going into the later part of next week.


Have a great Saturday!


Daniel Crawley

Foothills Weather Network