Sunny and Warm; No Freezing Temps
Good afternoon folks! The forecast for the weekend and into the middle of next week is almost a repeat of our previous discussion, with minor additions related to the timing of rainfall Monday night through Thursday. To summarize for those wanting to skip the full read, we expect dry, warm-ish conditions this weekend with isolated showers possible late Monday, building to scattered coverage Tuesday, then widespread on Wednesday. Some of this rain will be heavy, occurring primarily on Wednesday but at this time it doesn't look like a heavy rain event, just a prolonged period of scattered showers Tuesday through Thursday. Temps will continue to hold to above normal levels (5 - 8 degrees above) this weekend and throughout next week, keeping our new streak of above freezing temps alive and well.
Sunny skies sit overhead Saturday while a handful of clouds join the party on Sunday (still mostly sunny) and sunshine is likely to extend into morning and early afternoon hours on Monday. The high pressure system providing us with dry and sunny conditions will shift to the east Monday, opening the door for moisture to pour into the region from the east and southeast later that day. Clouds move in before sunset and its possible isolated showers develop along the SC state line as well, while the rest of SW NC experiences building cloud cover. Temps Saturday through Monday will reach the low 70's across the valleys (mid 60's in the shade), while the ridgelines push into the upper 50's. Overnight lows only dip into the mid 40's - mid 50's Saturday and Sunday nights, holding to the low mid 50's Monday night due to increasing cloud cover.
Scattered showers pepper the region Tuesday as a front approaches from the west, expected to reach our region sometime late Wednesday afternoon or early evening. This encroachment will enhance moisture advection into the region and increase coverage to widespread, with thunderstorms a likely possibility, setting the state for short lived downpours (almost spring like). Temps continue to hold steady in the upper 50's - low 70's each afternoon, with overnight lows in the 50's each night.
Shower activity may wind down by next Friday but this is not set in stone. We'll stop here and circle back on Sunday with a more detailed timeline and expected totals for the upcoming rain event Tuesday into Thursday. ENJOY!