Passing Showers Saturday; Still Warm
Good afternoon folks! It feels more like spring outside than fall with temps pushing to the upper 70's across the region, alongside elevated moisture levels as southeasterly flow increases across the Carolinas. The frontal passage is being held up and even questioned among the modeling, prompting a slight change to the forecast, with isolated showers Friday afternoon and scattered light showers now expected on Saturday. Nothing to worry about if you have outdoor plans, just keep in mind a light shower is possible Saturday and rainfall totals still will be under a quarter inch over the 48 hour period. Sunshine will try to mix in on Sunday, possibly lingering into Monday and it looks like another weak cold front is slated for the middle of next week. The models are having a tough time figuring out if we'll experience a frontal passage or perhaps an upper level low that could bring with region wide showers next week. For now we are going with the former but should have a better grasp on things by Saturday. And lastly, no matter how you slice it, temps will continue to hold at above normal levels each afternoon Friday through the end of next week, with no location across SW NC experiencing anything close to freezing; coldest will be upper 40's above 5500'!
Friday features high clouds with periods of sunshine, allowing temps to warm to the mid 60's - mid 70's depending upon elevation. An isolated shower is likely and your chance of experiencing one increases as you head toward the SC state line, due to easterly flow pushing moisture against the escarpment. Overnight lows settle into the low - upper 50's under partly cloudy skies.
Saturday and Sunday offer up a mixed bag with scattered light showers throughout the day on Saturday, followed by a gradual clearing on Sunday, ending the day with mostly sunny skies. Temps warm to the mid 60's - mid 70's once again Saturday but should hold to the upper 50's - low 70's Sunday as slightly cooler air filters in behind the departing or dissipating front. Overnight lows dip into the upper 40's - mid 50's each night.
Monday through Wednesday looks pleasant for now with more sun than clouds overhead each day, followed by a possible frontal passage sometime Wednesday or Thursday. Temps climb to the low 60's - mid 70's Monday and Tuesday and cool down to the upper 50's - upper 60's Wednesday, however this is not set in stone.
Check back in with us on Saturday as the models should have a better handle on whether or not we experience a frontal passage or something more complex for the middle of next week. ENJOY!