Good afternoon folks! Mt Mitchell dipped down to 41°F this past Tuesday morning and although we expect temps to slowly moderate back to normal, pleasant mornings are still expected into the weekend. Friday through Monday will keep mostly sunny skies overhead for most of the region, while isolated showers pop up along the ridgelines, but even these should be short lived as the atmosphere remains somewhat capped. Moisture will be on the rise beginning this weekend and a cold front will approach the area early next week, setting up Tuesday and Wednesday for an active afternoon of pop up showers and thunderstorms. Temps all the while will warm with each passing day, but only by a degree or two, so we'll go from the low 80's Friday to the mid 80's by Monday, cooling back down to the low 80's as clouds build Tuesday.
Sunshine Friday through Sunday will keep temps to the low 80's, although an hour or two in the mid 80's is possible for our downtown spots Saturday and Sunday. The ridgelines will be very comfortable with temps only touching the mid - upper 60's, alongside a light breeze out of the southeast. Overnight lows settle into the low - upper 50's Friday night and warm to the mid 50's - low 60's Saturday and Sunday nights, all under mostly clear skies.
Monday will be a bit muggy but nothing like last week, however sunshine will still reign supreme, with the pattern changing Tuesday as a cold front approaches the region. We expect a breakout of showers Tuesday, peaking in coverage Wednesday but nothing is set in stone at this time. With this in mind we'll wait till Sunday afternoon to release the next discussion and we'll focus on the frontal passage Tuesday and Wednesday.