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Roaring Gap , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:57AM

Hold Your Horses

A vigorous upper level disturbance passes overhead this evening. Showers or sprinkles threaten later this morning, but generally hold until the afternoon. The setup has a "springy" mid-April look so I won't rule out a rumble of thunder. As colder air works from the top down snow showers return this evening for the highest elevations and eventually for all of us late tonight. Some minor slushy accumulations are reasonable above 4500' tonight. Most of us however, fall into the novelty to dusting range. Friday has lingering morning flurries, a big wind, and increasing afternoon sunshine. The weekend is DRY and pleasant with moderating temperatures.

Thursday

Hi: 49 Lo: 32

Generally cloudy; Cool; Rain showers developing, transitioning to flurries & snow showers Thur night; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty late
Friday

Hi: 47 Lo: 29

Lingering AM flurries; Sunshine returns; Chilly; NW wind 15-25 mph, gusts to 50 mph
Saturday

Hi: 50 Lo: 30

Sunny; Another dry Saturday; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty in the morning
Sunday

Hi: 58 Lo: 41

Sunshine followed by increasing nighttime clouds; Warmer
Monday

Hi: 56 Lo: 41

Cloudy & mild; Rain developing & becoming steadier Mon. night

Further Out

Tuesday - Lingering light rain possible in the morning; Decreasing clouds; Cooler; High in the mid 40s; Low in the upper 20s
Wednesday - Lots of sunshine; Still on the cool side for late March; High in the upper 40s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

Two upper disturbances, one moving into north Georgia and another dropping southeast from Illinois join forces this evening and pass through Western NC. It has more pzazz to it this morning than computer guidance has suggested the last few days. Showers develop this afternoon and may get a little spunky by early evening. A rumble of thunder is not out of the question either. As colder air makes inroads rain showers turn to snow showers this evening at the highest elevations first and work down to the valley floors late tonight. Flurries linger into Friday morning accompanied by a potent northwest wind.

High pressure is the main feature this weekend. We'll have ample sunshine and moderating temperatures.

Low pressure develops Sunday in the Central Plains and makes a bee-line to the Carolinas coast late Tuesday night. Rain returns Monday and continues into Monday night. Tuesday may have some lingering morning showers or light rain, but the takeaway is dry. Colder air briefly makes inroads Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a big-time warm-up heading into the end of the work week.

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