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Jefferson , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 8:03PM

Some Light Rain Tonight

Today turned out much nicer than advertised. Sun broke through and temperatures west of the Blue Ridge soared. Meanwhile temperatures along the Blue Ridge remained rather cool. A front moves through tonight from the west with clouds returning and some light rain continuing into early Monday. We might get a fleeting look at the sun Monday afternoon before clouds return Monday night. Valleys right along the Blue Ridge have another brief "window of opportunity" for freezing rain Tuesday morning.

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Sunday

Hi: 57 Lo: 39

Clouds return tonight with some light rain; Wind becoming NW 10-20 mph later tonight
Monday

Hi: 44 Lo: 30

Generally cloudy; Spotty light AM rain; NW wind 10-20 mph, AM gusts to 45 mph, becoming Light SE Mon. night
Tuesday

Hi: 42 Lo: 41

Cloudy; Rain west & at higher elev's, freezing rain changing to rain east; Warming temperatures overnight; SE wind 5-10 mph (but SW 20-30 mph at higher elev's), becoming SW 10-20 mph & gusty Tue night
Wednesday

Hi: 53 Lo: 22

Cloudy; Rain; Turning colder Wed. night with rain changing to snow
Thursday

Hi: 25 Lo: 14

Cloudy AM with snow showers or flurries; Colder

Further Out

Friday - Few clouds; Cold for March; High in the mid 30s; Low in the mid 20s
Saturday - Lots of sun; Milder temperatures; High in the mid 40s; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

Once the sun broke out Sunday, temperatures west of the Blue Ridge soared. Here's how crazy it was across the region--The high temperature in Boone was 60 degrees, but the high in Hickory was 40 degrees.

A front moves through tonight returning clouds and some light rain. Light rain remains possible through Monday morning. Temperatures behind this front are cooler. Breaks in the clouds develop Monday afternoon.

High pressure moving into the Mid-Atlantic Tuesday briefly wedges down the east side of the Appalachians Monday night and Tuesday. Again, we'll have overrunning moisture producing light rain that may begin as light freezing rain in valleys on the east side of the Appalachians. Temperatures will rise across the region Tuesday night.

A much more potent front arrives Wednesday. It brings rain Wednesday. Temperatures fall sharply behind the front Wednesday afternoon and night. Rain will change to snow or snow showers Wednesday night with snow showers or flurries lingering into Thursday morning. Computer guidance differs regarding low pressure moving along the front to our southeast Wednesday night with significant disagreement on how much snow we'll have. Stay tuned.

Thursday will be very cold. Skies clear by Thursday night. As the next cold high slides across the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic, Friday is cold by March standards, but Saturday looks milder. Both days appear to have plenty of sun.

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