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NWS Special Weather Statement (Watauga County)

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, January 20, 2020 at 6:55AM

Coldest of the Season

Arctic air is draining southwards this morning accompanied by a dusting of fluffy light snow. Snow ends around mid-morning followed by decreasing afternoon clouds. Despite a fair amount of sunshine to finish the day it remains very cold and is easily the coldest day of winter thus far. Temperatures go deep tonight across the board with single digits for the mountain tops. Tuesday is only a hair or two less cold followed by some moderation for the middle of the week.

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Monday

Hi: 24 Lo: 12

Early morning light snow and flurries, then decreasing clouds & very cold; NW wind 10-20 mph, diminishing
Tuesday

Hi: 29 Lo: 15

Clear; Cold; NNW wind 5-10 mph
Wednesday

Hi: 43 Lo: 20

Bright sunshine; Not as cold; Light SE wind
Thursday

Hi: 46 Lo: 30

Sunshine giving way to more clouds late; Continued moderation
Friday

Hi: 41 Lo: 34

Overcast with rain arriving

Further Out

Saturday - Early rain changing to snow showers & flurries; Mostly cloudy & becoming blustery; High in the upper 30s; Low in the upper 20s
Sunday - Mostly cloudy & blustery; Lingering morning flurries and snow showers; High near 40 degrees; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

The leading edge of these arctic airmasses are often accompanied by a shallow layer of moisture. Such is the case this morning as a very fluffy poof of light snow is with us until 10am or so. Skies clear this afternoon and minus a few extra clouds around overnight we'll hold onto generally clear skies until Thursday as high pressure is the dominating weather feature. Temperatures stay in the deep freezer through Wednesday morning until the high shuffles east inducing a subtle southerly flow. Other than light snow this morning and the "big cold" most of this week is uneventful.

Moisture returns in the form of rain Friday as low pressure moves northeast from Texas. As the low progresses north of us Saturday colder air filters in leading to a changeover to snow Saturday morning. It's too early to get excited about accumulating snowfall Saturday as this is a borderline setup, but the potential is there for some light accumulations. Snow showers and flurries linger into Saturday night and Sunday as a brisk northwest flow tries to keep the hammer down.

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