Good afternoon folks! We are enjoying this nice break from the rain, after picking up over 5 - 8 inches of rain since last Monday. In particular, Cullowhee Creek was the only one to hit the 8" mark at 8.03", while Hogback Mountain and Lake Toxaway broke the 7" mark at 7.72" and 7.33" respectively; the majority of SW NC surpassed the 5 - 6" thresholds. Granted, this is all from the FIMAN rain network and if you have higher totals or would like to pass along your observations, by all means let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking ahead we will enjoy another round of sunshine Tuesday, with light rain moving in Wednesday and Wednesday night. A minor break in the action occurs Thursday morning but more rain moves in Thursday afternoon and carries into Friday morning, with yet another lull throughout the day Friday. Showers return for a third time Saturday and perhaps again Sunday, however the models differ past Saturday so the Sunday rain chances are still up in the air at this time.
Temps should dip into the upper 20's - low 30's Monday night under clear skies and winds finally calm down to a light breeze, prompting some frost to form by sunrise. Sunshine Tuesday will push temps into the low 60's for the valley, while the highest ridgelines touch the mid - upper 40's. Temps settle into the mid - upper 30's Tuesday night as clouds build across the region, with light rain developing by the pre dawn hours Wednesday.
Late Tuesday night through Thursday night will be damp and soggy at times but nothing like we have seen the past seven days, with about a half inch of rain during this time frame. However, Friday through Sunday may bring us 1 - 2" of rain, which we can handle without skipping a beat, but this may alter some of outdoor plans. Temps Wednesday and Thursday will be similar to Monday and Tuesday, however the difference between the valley floor and the ridgelines will be only six degrees, with highs hitting the low- mid 50's along the ridgelines and upper 50's - low 60's throughout the valleys. Overnight lows will ensure all precip falls as rain with temps settling into the mid - upper 40's each night.
Our next discussion will come out Wednesday and although we said we would have a handle on the upcoming weekend today, the models will have the kinks worked out by Wednesday.