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Grandfather Vyd , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12:04PM

Hump Day Showers

Warm temperatures are waking up bugs and plants. That's not typical February in the High Country, and plants are going to take a frozen hit soon. But our weather at hand is clouds with showers, thanks to low pressure in the Gulf. Temperatures have cooled somewhat especially on the east side of the Appalachians as high pressure in the Atlantic wedges into the Southern Appalachians. The high in the Atlantic flexes its muscle Thursday and Friday sending temperatures back to just short of record highs. Lots of clouds persist, and Thursday has the possibility of a stray afternoon shower.

Wednesday

Hi: 54 Lo: 42

Cloudy with light rain and fog; Light SE wind (but SW 5-15 mph up top)
Thursday

Hi: 65 Lo: 44

Mostly cloudy; Unseasonably pleasant; Cannot completely rule out an afternoon shower; South wind 5-10 mph
Friday

Hi: 65 Lo: 46

Lots of clouds; Continued warmer than average; Maybe a shower late Fri. night; South wind 5-15 mph, becoming gusty late Fri. night
Saturday

Hi: 57 Lo: 24

AM showers; PM decreasing clouds; Windy; Colder
Sunday

Hi: 45 Lo: 27

Mostly clear; Chilly; Windy AM

Further Out

Monday - Becoming cloudy; Milder; Spotty, light PM & overnight showers possible; High in the mid 50s; Low in the mid 30s
Tuesday - Mostly cloudy; Spotty light showers possible; Mild temperatures; High in the lower 60s; Low in the upper 40s

Forecast Discussion

High pressure in the Atlantic is wedging back into the Southern Appalachians, and low pressure is anchored in the Eastern Gulf. Lower elevations on the east side of the Appalachians are in a cool, moist, southeasterly flow. Meanwhile, higher elevations are in a warmer SW flow. Wednesday has cloudy skies and showers, mostly mid-morning to sunset.

The Atlantic high gradually takes control tonight and Thursday. As a result, temperatures increase and clouds persist. Thursday has the potential of a stray afternoon shower. Friday may have a bit more sun, but clouds will be stubborn.

A front from the west passes through Saturday morning, bringing a temporary end to balmy temperatures. Showers are possible late Friday night into Saturday morning. Temperatures will fall from early morning highs on gusty winds leading to a colder Saturday night and Sunday--nothing extreme but more typical of late February.

A warm front sweeps from southwest to northeast Monday and Tuesday. And yet again, temperatures quickly warm up. A stray shower is possible both days.

The next cold front is scheduled for next Wednesday night.

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