Today starts the last month of Meteorological winter! Meteorological winter runs from December to February.
Today, won't feel to much like February, as southwesterly flow develops ahead of an approaching cold front. Temps today will be well into the 50's and some areas may touch 60 degrees.
A cold front will move through the area this evening. Rain should start to spread into the area after 7 pm and will affect our western counties first as the line of precipitation moves east. Rain should continue through early Friday morning. As cold air rushes in behind the front a few flurries can't be ruled out as the the precipitation starts to exit the foothills and western piedmont. If you live in the NW Sections of Burke, Caldwell, and McDowell Counties northwest flow snow will set up and you could see some snow showers last through mid Friday morning.
As we move into Saturday we will start sunny, but will quickly cloud up ahead of our next storm system. By Saturday evening we could see a few snow showers move into the North Carolina Mountains and NW sections of Burke, Caldwell, and McDowell Counties. As we progress through Saturday night we could see snow showers or sleet develop outside of the mountains into portions of the Foothills and Western Piedmont.
As we move into Sunday Morning Snow/Sleet will start to transition into Freezing Rain across the Interstate 40 corridor including the Unifour area. As warm air starts to advect into the area with a surge of warm air from our Southwest. That will warm the layers above us in the atmosphere as the cold dense air is trapped at the surface.
By Noon we should see the wedge breakdown as warm continues to stream into the area, and our ground temperatures will rise above freezing, but not by much. Highs Sunday will be in the mid 30's. A cold miserable rain will continue leading up to the kickoff of the Super Bowl.
Then looking towards next week as we continue to monitor a stormy pattern, no real winter weather threats as of yet, but it is something we will monitor.
Have a great day!