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NWS Special Weather Statement (Alleghany County)

Current Conditions
Sparta

Temp: 32.7°F
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Sparta , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:30AM

Spit of Snow

Light snow and flurries began before sunrise and will be with us through the morning. Expect no more than a dusting of snow. As temperatures rise above freezing for all but the mountaintops this afternoon, we may be left with drizzle. Patchy fog is possible tonight. We'll see the sun Sunday, but clouds increase again in the PM hours. Light rain and drizzle develops Sunday night lasting into Monday. Right along the Blue Ridge in Avery, Watuaga, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties, light freezing rain is possible late Sunday night into early Monday.
Want a White Christmas? As long as you have low standards for "White", it's doable. See details in the Forecast Discussion.

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Saturday

Hi: 40 Lo: 31

Cloudy; Light snow till early afternoon; Maybe some afternoon drizzle; Patchy fog tonight; Light wind
Sunday

Hi: 45 Lo: 32

Becoming cloudy in the PM; Light rain developing at night (isolated light freezing rain along the Blue Ridge in Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany Co.); Light wind becoming SE 5-15 mph Sun. night
Monday

Hi: 41 Lo: 37

Cloudy; Spotty light rain & drizzle (maybe some early pockets of light freezing rain near the Blue Ridge); Light SE wind
Tuesday

Hi: 49 Lo: 44

Cloudy; Spotty light daytime rain; Heavier rain Tue night
Wednesday

Hi: 53 Lo: 27

Generally cloudy; AM rain; Late day & nighttime snow showers or flurries; Turning colder

Further Out

Thursday - Clearing skies; Chilly; High in the upper 30s; Low near 30 degrees
Friday - Increasing PM clouds; Much milder; High in the lower 50s; Low in the upper 30s

Forecast Discussion

Low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico is spreading precipitation into the Southeast today, but not much. Expect light snow and flurries this morning with drizzle possible this afternoon and patchy fog tonight. Snow accumulations will be a dusting at most.

Sunday night and Monday, low pressure develops off the Southeast Coast heading slowly north. Meanwhile, high pressure centered in the Canadian Maritimes wedges down into the Southern Appalachians. After some morning sun Sunday, we are in for an extended period of clouds and cool (but not cold) temperatures. Spotty light rain and drizzle develop Sunday night and will be possible all the way to Tuesday. For a few hours late Sunday night and early Monday morning, a few spots right along the Blue Ridge from Avery County in NC to Carroll County in VA may have a light glazing of ice on exposed surfaces.

A potent front from the west arrives Wednesday. Heavier rain arrives Tuesday night lasting into early Wednesday morning. Temperatures will rise ahead of the front (Wednesday morning).

Now for the "Sorta White Christmas" part... Colder air rushes in behind the cold front Wednesday. Snow showers and flurries develop late Wednesday afternoon continuing Christmas Eve for Santa's Ride. Rudolph will not need his brightest wattage, but that red nose will come in handy. They will encounter snow showers, flurries, cold, and blustery winds.

Christmas Day looks chilly with decreasing clouds. Milder temperatures quickly return Friday with increasing clouds Friday afternoon. There's greater potential for colder weather as we get closer to New Year's Eve and Day.

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