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Sparta , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, August 18, 2017 at 6:37AM

Showers and Storms Scattered About

A front moves across the Southern Appalachians later today from the west. One band of showers may reach us this morning, then expect scattered showers and storms this afternoon into the early evening. Warm high pressure behind that front gives us a warm, dry weekend. For the Eclipse... While some afternoon cloudiness will develop Monday afternoon, I think we'll get a decent look at the Solar Eclipse. The event happens between 1 and 4 PM Monday peaking just after 2:30 PM. A stray Monday afternoon shower or thundershower cannot be completely ruled out.

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Hi: 80 Lo: 61

Mostly cloudy; Muggy; Scattered showers and thunderstorms; Wind becoming West 5-15 mph, then NW tonight

Hi: 81 Lo: 59

Mostly sunny; Warm; Light West wind

Hi: 83 Lo: 60

Lots of sun; Warm; Light SE wind

Hi: 83 Lo: 63

Mostly to partly sunny; Remaining warm; Cannot rule out a PM shower or t-shower

Hi: 82 Lo: 64

Partly to mostly cloudy; Widely scattered PM showers & t-showers

Further Out

Wednesday - Mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers & t-showers; High in the upper 70s; Low in the upper 50s
Thursday - Becoming mostly clear; Pleasant; High in the mid 70s; Low in the mid 50s

Forecast Discussion

A front crosses the Southern Appalachians from the west this afternoon. We will have lots of clouds with scattered mostly afternoon and early evening showers and storms.

The front settles to our south and east and high pressure centered in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley overtakes our region. Expect a warm, dry weekend--exceedingly nice for outdoor activities, but keep the water bottles handy for hydration since temperatures will be a few degrees above average.

Monday. Monday Monday... Warm, mostly nice weather persists. However, expect some afternoon cloudiness but a decent look at the eclipse. The period of the eclipse in NW NC is between 1 and 4 PM peaking around 2:35 PM. A stray afternoon shower or thundershower cannot be ruled out.

The next front arrives Wednesday night. As a result, widely scattered PM showers and storms develop Tuesday; increase that coverage to "scattered" Wednesday afternoon and evening.

The exit strategy for that front is not entirely planned for Wednesday's front, but for now we took the "quick exit" approach resulting in a dry, cooler, pleasant Thursday.


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