New Year's Eve Weather Briefing: Cold arctic air to end 2017 and deliver us into the New Year

Good Sunday morning to everyone, it is hard to believe that today is the final day of the year 2017…


New Years Eve is going to be a cold day across the Western Carolinas and is the start of an impressive cold weather outbreak that will slide into the first several days of 2018. A quick rewind back to yesterday shows that we, believe it or not, experienced about the closest thing to normal late December weather that you could see around the Foothills and Western Piedmont. With abundant sunshine we experienced temperatures that reached the upper 40’s and lower 50’s. The unfortunate thing is that our part of the world is not going to see that kind of “average” weather anytime in the next seven days or beyond.


Temperatures as you are heading to church this morning are in the 20’s area-wide. A fresh arctic invasion is moving in on northwest winds. For today temperatures are going to be hard to move as we have cold air advection along with a weak disturbance that will overspread clouds of the mid/high level variety. Computer model guidance has been trending downward over the past 24 hours in regards to today’s high. Our forecast is for mid 30’s by this afternoon but those could be optimistic, we shall see.



For tonight, we will have some of the coldest air around for New Year Eve events that we have seen in quite a while….

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The outbreak is going to provide a significant impact to those who may attend local outdoor events as we bring in the New Year. As you can see on the impact graphic below it will not be precipitation that could deter some from participating in local holiday events but the shear amount of cold temperatures. Plus any slight amount of wind that may be stirring tonight will create even more impacts. If you do plan on being out, we highly encourage multiple layers of clothing, gloves, scarfs and proper head gear.

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After all the celebrating is over and you start the new year, temperatures to begin your New Year’s Day will be in the teens. With continued cold air advecting in a frigid day is in store with high’s likely not making it above the freezing mark. The bitter cold continues into Monday night as clear skies and light winds are going to lead into most likely the coldest readings so far this winter seasons. Low’s on Tuesday morning will be in the low teens with a few single digits in the higher elevations of Burke, Caldwell and McDowell Counties.


Tuesday will likely be a repeat with sunny skies and frigid temperatures staying below the freezing mark and teens at night. By this point we may be dealing with some folks in the coverage area running 48-60 hours below the freezing mark. That could easily result in some disruption especially with frozen water lines and pipes along with compromised traditional heating sources and machinery.


Wednesday is going to feature the warmest day in the forecast cycle as westerly winds could allow everyone to finally get back above freezing before a secondary blast of cold air rushes in just in time for Thursday.


Have a great Sunday!




Daniel Crawley

Foothills Weather Network