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Blowing Rock , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:03PM

Behold: Snowman-O-Mometer

A week ago it was all about rain, warmth, and tropical systems. Despite the unusual warmth the first 10 days of the month, October is known for big swings in the weather. I say all of this to setup a big announcement- the Snoman-O-Mometer is back for the season!

A potent cold front moves through Saturday bringing light rain showers late Friday night through Saturday morning. A few showers may linger into Saturday afternoon, but it's mainly a morning deal. Flurries fly as colder air invades late Saturday night coinciding with some residual low level moisture. It's mainly a high elevation novelty "event" favoring the westward facing ridgetops, but a few flurries could blow-over to lower elevations. In the meantime, today and Friday are relatively pleasant and some patchy frost is possible tomorrow morning, especially in sheltered valleys.

For your reading pleasure, here is a cold and snowy RaysWeather.Com Fearless Forecast for Winter 2018-2019.

It's a busy Fall festival weekend around the region and the weather struggles to cooperate. Here's an hourly forecast for both Woolly Worm Festival and Valle Country Fair.

The 2019 Blue Ridge Parkway Calendar is in stock featuring winners from our yearly photo contest. Get your at RaysMarketplace.Com, or from one of the many local retailers. This year's feature is Waterfalls along the Parkway. Enjoy!

Mostly cloudy; Stray shower
Mid 50s
NW wind 10-20 mph & gusty

Hi: 56 Lo: 36

Clear and cool; Frost possible; Light NW wind

Hi: 59 Lo: 45

Partly cloudy; Pleasant; SW wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 55 Lo: 35

Mostly cloudy; Scattered showers, generally in the morning; NW wind 15-25 mph & gusty; Flurries possible late Sat. night

Hi: 44 Lo: 28

Mostly sunny; Chilly and Breezy; Hard freeze Sun. night

Hi: 52 Lo: 34

Lots of sunshine; Crisp

Further Out

Tuesday - Mostly sunny; Not as cool; High in the upper 50s; Low in the upper 30s
Wednesday - More afternoon clouds; Pleasant; High in the upper 50s; Low in the lower 40s

Forecast Discussion

High pressure takes control today and Friday with nearly perfect Autumn conditions. Clear skies and a light wind tonight will lead to patchy frost tomorrow morning, especially in deep valleys, but excluding the ridges.

A strong cold front moves through Saturday prompting light rain showers beginning early Saturday morning. It's a pretty quick hit of light rain and we'll be drying out by mid afternoon. The coldest air of the season arrives late Saturday night accompanied by a strong northwest wind and snow flurries on the mountaintops. However, a few flurries may find their way to lower elevations. Sunshine returns Sunday, but it will be quite chilly and blustery. A hard freeze is likely Sunday night.

The first half of next week is dominated by a progressive area of high pressure. Monday is still cool, but not like Sunday. Temperatures rebound thereafter with the next chance for rain just beyond this forecast cycle. Enjoy!


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