Forecast Last Updated at Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 2:31PM
Mild With Lots Of Clouds
The rest of the workweek features lots of clouds and very mild temperatures. When we happen to get a few more sunnier breaks, temperatures will really be able to rocket with such a warm background air mass in place over western North Carolina. There will be a threat for a light shower just about anytime this week, but significant rainfall will probably hold off until Sunday.
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Hi: 68 Lo: 57
Partly sunny; Quite mild; South wind 5-10 mph
Hi: 69 Lo: 58
Mostly cloudy; A stray shower; Warm, South wind 5-10 mph
Hi: 72 Lo: 57
Mostly cloudy with a stray shower; Record warmth; SSW wind 5-10 mph
Hi: 71 Lo: 54
Mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a stray shower
Hi: 70 Lo: 56
Mostly cloudy; PM & nighttime showers possible; Warm
Sunday - Cloudy with rain likely; High in the mid 60s; Low in the upper 40s
Monday - More sunshine; A little cooler; High in the lower 60s; Low near 40 degrees
The weather map features a dominant upper level ridge of high pressure situated off the Southeast Coast of the United States. This very prominent feature is directing an unseasonably warm, southerly wind flow into the our part of the country. It will keep the air mass moist and cloud-laden, but it will also allow temperatures to run 10 to 20 degrees above normal, particularly at night.
A light shower cannot be ruled out at any time. But the aforementioned ridge will keep a frontal system at bay as it remains nearly stationary to the north and west of the state through Friday. That’s where heavy rain will set up shop, from east Texas northeastward into the Ohio Valley.
The ridge breaks down this weekend, allowing the front to gain some eastward momentum. We expect a frontal passage here on Sunday, and that’s when our best rainfall potential will be.
Behind the front, we will get into a drier and somewhat cooler air mass for the beginning of next week.
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