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 by the end of next week.
Temps will warm to the mid - upper 60's along the ridgelines, while the valleys push to the upper 70's this afternoon, all under mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers across SW NC and widespread coverage across the Southern Highlands Plateau. Another 0.75 - 1.25" will fall along the escarpment while those closer to the TN line may only sneak out with a 0.25" for the day. Shower activity will wind down for the interior portions of the region tonight but scattered coverage should continue across the southernmost portions of the area.
Sunday and Monday keep shower activity going and Sunday features only a handful of showers with rainfall totals under a half inch for all of SW NC, ramping up to 0.50 - 1" across the region on Monday as the front approaches from the NW. Temps climb to the upper 60's - low 80's each afternoon and overnight lows settle into the upper 50's - mid 60's each night.
Tuesday and Wednesday bring us fall like weather with a mix of clouds and sun, isolated showers, and slightly cooler temps that hold to the mid 60's - mid 70's depending upon elevation. Dewpoints will flirt with the 50's at times and stay mainly in the 60's over the two day period but at least they'll move to comfortable levels.
Late next week moisture creeps back into the region and we'll experience more showers, but this is not set in stone so check back in on Monday for better look at Thursday and Friday.