Several Rounds of Rain Fri - Mon
Good morning folks! Don't shoot the messenger but we are now back in a wet weather pattern, one that will keep rain chances going through late next week. These next 5 - 7 days will not be a continuous washout and there will be a few periods of isolated shower chances or just passing clouds, but we are anticipating to pick up 3 - 4" of rain over the next 5 - 7 days depending upon location. Today (Friday) will certainly be a washout with 1 - 2" likely by early Saturday morning, however tomorrow will offer up a slight reprieve with only passing clouds and a low end chance for an isolated shower or two. A cold front will approach the region Sunday afternoon, crossing the area early Monday morning and this will fire back up regionwide showers Sunday night into Monday morning; another 0.75 - 1.5" by Monday afternoon. Coverage scales back to isolated coverage on Tuesday but is likely to become scattered or perhaps widespread later that night, spilling over into Wednesday morning. The models split slightly regarding Wednesday into Friday of next week, but overall moisture levels will be high and at a minimum we can expect passing clouds and isolated showers. Once again the silver lining continues to be warmer than normal temps, however temps briefly cool down to normal levels on Tuesday, returning to above normal levels Wednesday into the latter part of next week.
Today is a washout and with a weak CAD influence on the region, temps will hold to the mid 40's - low 50's across the region. Showers will continue throughout the day, peaking in coverage late this afternoon and slowly winding down overnight into Saturday. The highest rainfall totals will be found along the escarpment and ridgelines facing SW closer to the N GA line (Unicoi and Snowbird mountains) where up to 2" will fall this morning into Saturday morning. Elsewhere across SW NC an inch of rain is expected. Overnight lows will settle into the low - mid 40's across the region.
Southwest flow kicks into high gear tomorrow and temps respond, soaring to the low - mid 50's along the ridgelines, pushing into the upper 60's across the valleys! All of this will be under mostly cloudy skies and isolated showers are possible at any point throughout the day, however rainfall totals are forecasted to remain under a quarter of an inch regionwide. Overnight lows dip into the upper 40's - low 50's across the region, under continuing cloudiness and alongside isolated showers.
Sunday wraps up the weekend with continuing warmth as temps return to the low 50's - upper 60's depending upon elevation, with isolated shower coverage becoming scattered by the late afternoon hours, ramping up to widespread overnight into Monday morning. Another 0.75 - 1.5" of rain is expected Sunday evening into Monday late morning.
Shower coverage should scale back to isolated Monday afternoon and we'll hold this level of coverage through at least Tuesday, with more clouds than sun overhead Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday. Temps cool down slightly to the upper 40's - upper 50's (may hit 60°F) on Monday and bottom out for the week on Tuesday, only reaching the low 40's - mid 50's, which is right around normal for early March.
We'll stop here before diving into Wednesday and beyond, but do know the pattern looks conducive for more rain and warmer temps. Stay dry!