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Sparta , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, May 26, 2017 at 12:18PM

Finally!

We have had measurable rain for the last 8 days in a row. That's on top of a wet May already. The most rain I can find for the month in our region is 13.03" at Seven Devils (Watauga County). Our mushrooms have mushrooms!
Friday is the long-promised break from the rain. After a breezy morning, the afternoon is near-perfect under mostly sunny skies. Will this be the start of a drier trend? No. A disturbance quickly moves east into the Southern Appalachians. Combined with much warmer temperatures Saturday, we'll have a shower or storm in the area later Saturday afternoon continuing into Saturday night. Sunday has scattered showers and storms. Maybe Memorial Day will be drier with only isolated thundershower coverage.

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Friday

Hi: 71 Lo: 55

Lots of sunshine; Pleasant; More clouds tonight; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty through mid-afternoon
Saturday

Hi: 78 Lo: 61

More PM clouds; Widely scattered afternoon & nighttime showers & storms; Warmer; SW wind 5-15 mph
Sunday

Hi: 76 Lo: 60

Mostly cloudy; Scattered showers and storms; Wind becoming West 5-15 mph, gusty at times
Monday

Hi: 75 Lo: 54

Lots of clouds; Isolated, mostly afternoon showers & t-showers
Tuesday

Hi: 75 Lo: 53

Scattered clouds; Pleasant

Further Out

Wednesday - Scattered clouds; Pleasant; High in the mid 70s; Low in the mid 50s
Thursday - More PM clouds; Widely scattered PM storms; High in the mid 70s; Low in the mid 50s

Forecast Discussion

Low pressure that produced the wind and showers yesterday is quickly exiting off Cape Cod today. High pressure in the Gulf is building north. The result for us will be a really nice Friday with a breezy start. Skies are mostly clear today, but clouds increase tonight.

A disturbance zips across the Ohio Valley into Virginia tomorrow. That, combined with increasing heat from the Gulf high pressure, will produce widely scattered showers and storms later Saturday afternoon into Saturday night.

A frontal boundary sets up from Virginia to the Mid-Mississippi Valley Sunday, slowly moving south and east. We can expect scattered showers and storms Sunday. Monday's weather fate depends on how far that front can push south, we kept an optimistic tone in this forecast with only isolated thundershowers. But that point is the biggest question mark in this forecast, greater coverage is possible.

Tuesday and Wednesday, the front will stall along the Gulf Coast. High pressure settles east across our region giving us two pleasant days.

Thursday, that front makes return visit as it oozes north. In response, widely scattered PM showers and thundershowers also return.

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