Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:02PM
Snow Showers Tapering Tonight
Snow showers continue through much of the nighttime hours across the favored upslope belt of the High Country, although most of the accumulating snow has ended with this snow event. For details about snow accumulations, see our Welcome to Spring Snow Totals graphic. Otherwise, tonight is cold and windy... anything but springlike! Thursday and Friday are partly cloudy and chilly.
Looking to the weekend... Saturday and Sunday will be chilly with mostly spotty light rain. Snowflakes could mix in at times. The steadiest precipitation this weekend comes Saturday night.
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Hi: 33 Lo: 23
Cloudy; Cold; Snow showers, tapering late tonight; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusts to 50 mph
Hi: 40 Lo: 25
Becoming partly cloudy; Cold; NW wind 10-20 mph, AM gusts to 50 mph
Hi: 40 Lo: 28
Partly to mostly cloudy; Chilly; NW wind 5-15 mph
Hi: 39 Lo: 30
Cloudy; Chilly; Spotty light rain during the day, steadier Sat. night; Snow may mix in at times
Hi: 42 Lo: 27
Cloudy; Spotty light rain, could mix with snowflakes at times
Monday - Lots of clouds; Chilly; High in the lower 40s; Low near 30 degrees
Tuesday - Decreasing clouds; Cool; High in the upper 40s; Low near 40 degrees
The culprit behind Wednesday's snow event is a potent upper-level low located near the Mid-Atlantic coast this evening. Snow showers will be gradually winding down this evening but it is not over. Wrap-around moisture will keep snow showers in play through much of the nighttime hours, especially across the favored upslope terrain of the High Country.
Thursday and Friday, high pressure moves across the Eastern U. S., reaching the Atlantic by Saturday. Expect partly cloudy skies and chilly temperatures.
This weekend, weak low pressure moves from Missouri across the Southern Appalachians and off the Carolina Coast by late Sunday. We'll have clouds, chilly temperatures, and mostly light precipitation (with the exception of steadier precipitation Saturday night). Most of the precipitation will be in the form of rain; however, snowflakes will mix in at times. Given temperatures, it will be difficult to achieve any snow accumulation; however, higher elevations in Watauga and Ashe Counties could see light accumulations.
Monday a chilly wedge remains develops along the east side of the Appalachians with lots of clouds. Tuesday has decreasing clouds and milder temperatures by afternoon as the wedge breaks down.
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