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Sparta , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12:18PM

Remaining Warm a Little Longer

Once beyond Thursday we'll trade in the sunny and warm spell for sunny and "cool" as a near perfect Labor Day weekend gets underway. In the meantime, an approaching front drums up widely scattered PM showers and thundershowers the next two days. Even a rogue thundershower is not entirely out of question this afternoon, but chances are too minuscule to include in the forecast box. Nameless tropical systems are in the Gulf and Atlantic though the nameless aspect should change today. See our Forecast Discussion section below.

Saturday morning will be a perfect morning for the The 17th Annual Mayview Madness 5K Run and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run in Blowing Rock, NC. The race is one of the most beautiful courses in the High Country. You'll enjoy great people, prizes, and post-race snacks. How perfect will the weather be? Check the RaysWeather.Com Hourly Forecast for the race.

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Hi: 82 Lo: 60

Mostly sunny; Warm & humid; Light SE wind

Hi: 82 Lo: 61

Partly cloudy; Warm & humid; Widely scattered PM showers or storms; Light SE wind

Hi: 78 Lo: 56

Partly cloudy; Widely scattered afternoon showers or t-showers; NW wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 73 Lo: 52

Morning cloudiness giving way to PM sunshine; A break from the warmth

Hi: 74 Lo: 53

Mostly sunny; Pleasant

Further Out

Sunday - Sunny; Pleasant; High in the mid 70s; Low in the mid 50s
Monday - A few afternoon clouds; Nearly perfect for Labor Day; High in the mid 70s; Low in the mid 50s

Forecast Discussion

High pressure centered over the interior northeast keeps the pleasantries around for another day. "Pleasant" being used loosely as it's awfully warm and muggy for late August standards.

That theme does change (temporarily) in a couple of days as a cool front approaches from the northwest passing over the mountains Thursday evening. Showers and storms will be widely scattered in nature ahead of the front Wednesday, and as the front pushes through Thursday. We had a rainy couple of weeks to start the month and those surpluses have quickly been erased with this latest dry spell. Hopefully, we all cash-in with a decent shower by close of business Thursday.

Friday through Labor Day are glorious as a modified Canadian airmass takes hold. Ample sunshine, low humidity, and cool mornings will make for a late-summer mountain paradise.

Tropics... Gaston is a fish storm heading east into the Atlantic. Two tropical depressions are alive and well. TD 9 is in the southern Gulf and will move northeast across northern Florida late Thursday and haunts the Southeast coast Friday. TD 8 is just off the NC coast causing some mischief for the Outer Banks before heading northeast tomorrow. The next two names in line are Hermine and Ian and it's a coin toss as to which storm is next for a proper identity.


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