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Laurel Ridge , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:36PM

Soggy Saturday; Frozen Sunday

Saturday was rainy around the mountains, with the steadiest/heaviest rainfall coming before midnight. Cold air provides a ‘flash freeze’ early Sunday, with any wet areas from earlier rain freezing-over quickly. Additionally, rain will change to snow showers and flurries pre-dawn, and will continue through Sunday evening. Accumulations will be a dusting to around an inch for most, but with 1-3” in the western half of the area. Click here for our snowfall accumulation forecast map. Sunday night/Monday temperatures will be the coldest of the season-to-date as skies go clear.

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Saturday

Hi: 43 Lo: 30

Rain, heavy at times before midnight; Colder late with snow showers by daybreak; SE wind 5-10 mph, but gusty at higher elev's, becoming NW 10-20 mph & gusty after midnight
Sunday

Hi: 30 Lo: 10

Mostly cloudy; Impressively colder & windy with falling temps; Snow showers & flurries through Sunday evening; NW wind 15-25 mph, gusting to 55
Monday

Hi: 26 Lo: 17

Mostly clear; Very Cold; Blustery daytime; NW wind 10-20 mph, diminishing
Tuesday

Hi: 33 Lo: 31

Daytime sun, but increasing clouds late; Cold, but not AS cold; Perhaps some light rain or freezing rain late Tuesday night
Wednesday

Hi: 44 Lo: 38

Cloudy with occasional rain, especially PM

Further Out

Thursday - Cloudy with rain changing to snow showers or flurries; High in the lower 40s; Low in the mid 20s
Friday - Partly cloudy & cold; Maybe a flurry; High in the lower 30s; Low in the mid teens

Forecast Discussion

Low-pressure moving through the Tennessee Valley tonight will reach the Mid-Atlantic coast by early Sunday. The low will swing an Arctic cold front through the Appalachians during the wee-hours of Sunday. A soaking rain of an inch plus today and tonight will convert to snow showers and flurries as cold air blasts into the mountains.

An inch or less will occur for most, but western sections closer to the TN line may receive up to a few inches of powdery snow.

The big story will be the Arctic cold, sending daytime temperatures plummeting and providing our coldest temps of the season thus far by daybreak Monday. Wind chills Sunday night will dip below zero.

Tuesday will continue to be cold, but not as cold as Monday. Dry weather will continue until the next storm system brings rain back into the area by midweek into Thursday. Cold air looks to be delayed until late Thursday and Friday, when rain changes to snow showers or flurries (timing uncertain at this range).

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