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Sparta , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:59PM

Where Have You Been?

On the heels of Zeta a sharp cold front moved through late last night bringing one last round of showers. Today features morning clouds followed by slow afternoon clearing, a stout northwest wind, and chilly temperatures. It is approximately 30-degrees colder this afternoon compared to the balmy finish we had yesterday. The chill doesn't go anywhere this weekend and is reinforced by another cold front Sunday.

The Rundown:
Tomorrow has plenty of sunshine and feels much nicer thanks to a gentler breeze. Sunday has more clouds and the opportunity for a passing light shower. Once again, the wind picks up Sunday and the coldest air we've experienced since March arrives Sunday night. Monday is cold and blustery even for early November standards.

Ray Russell's 2020-2021 Winter Fearless Forecast is now available. The bottom line for the forecast is: 1) less than average snow and 2) slightly warmer than average temperatures. We will have a few significant snow events but prolonged cold periods will be difficult to sustain. Get all the details here. The Fearless Forecast is sponsored by Peak Insurance Group.

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Hi: 49 Lo: 30

Decreasing clouds; NW wind 10-20 mph & gusty, slowly diminishing in the afternoon and evening

Hi: 50 Lo: 38

Mostly sunny; Cool for Halloween; SE wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 55 Lo: 26

Variably cloudy; Maybe a light passing daytime shower; Colder Sunday night; SW to NW wind 10-20 mph with gusts to 45 mph late-day

Hi: 42 Lo: 27

Few clouds; Coldest day since early March; Windy

Hi: 54 Lo: 33

Mostly sunny and not as cold

Further Out

Wednesday - Mostly clear; Warmer; High in the lower 60s; Low in the upper 30s
Thursday - Mostly sunny; Another notch warmer; High in the mid 60s; Low in the lower 40s

Forecast Discussion

Overall, I think the sentiment on the street was the nicest October in many years. Leaf color was spectacular, we didn't have too much rain (until yesterday) and though it was a tad warm I didn't hear anyone complaining.

At least in the short term, the weather plays out more like what you'd expect as we inch into November. A strong cold front moved through last night and we're reminded of the roaring sound of a 40-50 mph wind. There's more of that to come later... Today has morning clouds followed by late afternoon clearing, but temperatures don't rebound from where they started. Chilly high pressure makes an appearance Saturday with clear skies and a light wind. The full moon (Hunter's Moon) will be spectacular and fitting for Halloween night.

A reinforcing cold front moves through Sunday. Clouds return for the day and a passing light shower is possible. The bigger story is the development of a strong northwesterly flow and drastically colder air arriving Sunday night. Monday is downright cold, blustery too.

Thereafter, high pressure comes to dominate the eastern third of the nation making for a really nice week. Temperatures gradually rebound to seasonal levels or slightly above by Wednesday and Thursday. Rain is not in the vocabulary.


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