Chilly Friday; Frost Sat & Sun Mornings

Good afternoon folks! The front has crossed the region as of Tuesday early afternoon and temps are dropping while rainfall continues, eventually fizzling out later on this evening. While the event is still six plus hours from ending, rainfall totals are falling in line with our forecast of 1" for most of SW NC and 1 - 2" along the escarpment. Rosman in particular is putting on a show with 4" from Monday morning into Tuesday afternoon and Highlands has picked up an inch but still sits at the 7th spot all time (127 years of record) with 107.54" on the year; 93 days remain. We'll enjoy NW flow tomorrow (Wednesday) that brings us clearing skies with some strong winds above 5000', but for the mos

Washout Tuesday; Late Week Frost Potential

Good afternoon folks! It's late in the day on Sunday and after a pleasant weekend we expect showers to develop late tonight and extend throughout the day on Monday. Coverage will be scattered and rainfall amounts light on Monday, however late Monday night into Tuesday early evening is shaping up to be a washout for SW NC. Rainfall totals will reach an inch for the entire region over the 24 hour period, with up to 2 - 3" directly along the escarpment and Great Balsams. The front that is pushing widespread rain across the region on Tuesday will exit to our east overnight into Wednesday, setting up a mostly sunny day on Wednesday. This is when we expect fall weather to settle into the area, hol

A 50/50 Weekend; Widespread Rain Next Week

Good afternoon folks! We're on the tail end of this rain event with numerous sites across SW NC reporting 1 - 2", which is higher than we anticipated. The highest totals really impressed with Cullowhee, Sylva and right outside Robbinsville all exceeding 3.25", while 2.5" fell along the escarpment (Highlands to Lake Toxaway). Shower coverage winds down Friday evening and we'll enjoy a sunny Saturday as remnants of Beta pulls away from the region. Sunday on the other hand will bring showers back to the region later in the day, but coverage will only be isolated as moisture levels slowly increase with a changeover to southerly flow. Scattered shower coverage sets up Monday as we patiently wait

Regionwide Rainfall Friday; Warm this Wknd

Good afternoon folks! Showers are sliding east-northeast across the Mississippi Valley and heading our way as of Wednesday afternoon and we expect scattered coverage to develop by Thursday morning, becoming widespread late Thursday evening and slowly scaling back late Friday afternoon. This will make for a cooler than normal day on Thursday, a near normal day on Friday, followed by a noticeable bump in temps this weekend as SW flow ramps up across the region. Rainfall totals will average around 0.75" for most of SW NC from Thursday afternoon into Friday evening, with higher totals around 1 - 2" along and near the escarpment. The weekend looks promising with only isolated, pop up showers each

Dry Tues & Wed; Rain returns Thursday

Good afternoon folks! If you're a fan of fall weather then these past three days have been perfect and although we do not expect any major changes to the pattern looking ahead, we do expect an uptick in temps and moisture levels, enough to bring showers back to the region by weeks end. We'll still have dry weather on Tuesday and Wednesday as moisture takes its time in getting to the region, arriving sometime late Wednesday evening, setting up Thursday with cloudy skies and passing showers. The models differ in whether or not our region will be in play for heavy rain Friday into the weekend and for now we are going with only scattered showers, however this could increase, so stay tuned. Temps

Temps Dip to the 30's; Perfect Weather

Good afternoon folks! The worst is behind us and gorgeous fall weather is beginning to unfold across the region, with no rain in sight for the next five to seven days! We picked up on average 1 - 2" across most of SW NC Wednesday into late Thursday night, with the highest amounts focused across the southern portion of the Great Balsams (3 - 4"). Cullowhee Creek in particular was a standout with 3.76" and Highlands continued its climb up the rankings, adding 3" to what is setting up to be a possible top five finish this year. Back to the forecast. Temps will be on the chilly side of normal this weekend and will slowly moderate to normal levels by the end of next week but even the mid 70's are

A Soaking Rainfall Thursday into Friday

Good afternoon folks! Hurricane Sally packed a punch along the Gulf Coast this morning with rainfall totals over two feet in several spots, slowly moving our way today, expected to slide just to our southeast Thursday and bring a soaking rain to SW NC. Our neighbors across the Piedmont are in for much more rain, with flash flooding a likelihood as 4 - 6" of rain falls in a short span of time (isolated 7 - 8"). In our neck of the woods we'll pick up anywhere from 1 - 2" along or near the TN line, maxing out to 3 - 5" for the escarpment (Lake Toxaway, Highlands, and so on). All of this falls Wednesday night into Friday late morning, with coverage winding down Friday afternoon. We'll make up fo

Several Inches of Rain Expected this Week

Good afternoon folks! The rest of the week is coming into focus now that Hurricane Sally's track is being ironed out. We'll enjoy a short lived break from the rain Tuesday and most of the day on Wednesday, with widespread, heavy rainfall moving into the region starting late Wednesday night. All of SW NC will pick up 1 - 2" Thursday into Friday evening, with upwards of 3" along the SC state line as the remnants of Sally move across the Deep South. What is left of Sally will be crossing our region Friday, exiting Saturday as a cold front pushes into the area, setting the stage for gorgeous fall-like weather this weekend. Before the fair and cool weather moves in, we'll experience another round

Region Wide Rain Monday; Fall Like Tuesday

Good afternoon folks! We're in for a wet start to the weekend today and soggy conditions will carry over into Sunday, winding down later in the day Monday as a front moves into the region. Several inches have already fallen along the escarpment with Highlands picking up 1.75" on Friday alone, helping to push it past the century mark to 101.49" on the year (and counting). Easterly flow will be the main driver for shower activity today and Sunday, with the front providing another trigger for showers as we start the new work and school week. After the front swings through the region we'll enjoy some fall like weather Tuesday and Wednesday, however the models point to increasing moisture levels

A Soggy Weekend Lies Ahead

Good afternoon folks! Well the weekend outlook hasn't improved any and in fact shower coverage seems to have expanded across the models, with the WPC forecasting a half inch of rain Friday morning into Saturday morning, ramping up to 1 - 2" for Saturday morning into Sunday morning. It seems we are having to pay for the near perfect weather last weekend. This is due to high pressure and an upper level ridge pushing moist air off the Atlantic into our region from the east, combined with a stalled front Saturday that will result in a muggy, wet afternoon for Saturday and Sunday. A resurgence of rain on Monday could rival Saturday's totals. The models do point to a change sometime around Tuesday

Showers Return; Soggy Saturday?

Good afternoon folks! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the gorgeous weather this past weekend, as well as today, because moisture is already marching east across the Carolinas as we speak. We'll start the day Wednesday with a noticeable change in moisture levels as the airmass returns to what we like to call "slight muggy" conditions, becoming full on "muggy" by the weekend. This will of course bring back back showers to the region, scattered on Wednesday and closer to region-wide Thursday through Saturday. We are not forecasting a washout by any means, only that each afternoon starting Thursday will be active with showers and thunderstorms, similar to what we find during the summer months.

Sunny through Tuesday; Showers Wed

Good afternoon folks! The weather this weekend has been gorgeous and we'll continue to enjoy low dewpoints on Labor Day, with moisture making a slow return Tuesday into Wednesday. Dry weather will continue through Tuesday and the models point to shower activity returning to the region Wednesday. Temps will be right around normal for Labor Day and Tuesday, cooling down a degree or two Wednesday through Friday, but only because of the cloud cover that accompanies showers each afternoon. One notable mention regarding temps is this morning's low at Mt LeConte, which dipped down to 37°F! Give it a few more weeks and the leaves will begin to turn color along the highest ridgelines, peaking sometim

Gorgeous Labor Day Weekend

Good afternoon folks! The forecast from Friday into Labor Day looks great, even with rain chances on Friday as a front moves through the region with a handful of showers. We'll start the day on Friday with muggy conditions and drier air will likely take till the late overnight hours to really settle into the area, setting up a gorgeous weekend. There is a slight chance for an isolated shower or two on Saturday but the vast majority of SW NC should experience mostly sunny skies. Sunshine continues into Sunday and Monday and the models hint at moisture returning sometime Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, bringing with it increasing rain chances. Slightly below normal temps and very comfortabl

Hot and Muggy through Friday

Good morning folks! We'll continue to deal with muggy conditions today (Tuesday) through Friday but cooler and drier weather is expected this weekend, with dewpoints low enough to remind us that fall is around the corner. Although today is the 1st day of meteorological fall, we really don't settle into the cool and dry pattern till later this month, with a normal high of 82°F on September 1st, dropping to 73°F by October 1st for Cullowhee (and other valleys). Shower coverage remains scattered today, scaling back ever so slightly on Wednesday and Thursday, returning to scattered coverage late Friday as a front approaches the region. All of this may sound like an active next couple of days, bu

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