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NWS Winter Storm Watch (Watauga County)

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Grandfather Vyd , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7:05AM

Enjoy Some Sun

Rain exits early this morning. We'll get a rare glimpse at the sun. Windy conditions will make it seem colder than the thermometer suggests. Skies become cloudy again quickly Tuesday. Chilly high pressure will wedge down the Appalachians as moist air rides over the top ahead of low pressure located in East Texas by late Tuesday. Precipitation begins Tuesday afternoon--a wintry mix continuing through Tuesday night. Freezing rain will be the primary type of precipitation Tuesday night into early Wednesday, a more significant event than Sunday. Ice will linger longest in the east along the Blue Ridge. Beginning Wednesday afternoon, "rain" is the word.


Hi: 46 Lo: 21

Light early morning rain; Then partial sunshine; Cool; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusts to 40 mph, diminishing tonight

Hi: 40 Lo: 25

Cloudy; Wintry mix in the afternoon and Tue. night; Significant ice accumulations Tue. night; Light SE wind, becoming SE 5-15 mph & gusty up top

Hi: 44 Lo: 39

Cloudy; Periods of rain (AM freezing rain near the Blue Ridge); Cool; SE wind 5-10 mph, but gusty at higher elev's

Hi: 60 Lo: 41

Cloudy: Periods of rain; Milder

Hi: 50 Lo: 35

Cloudy; You guessed it... rain

Further Out

Saturday - Cloudy; Yes again, periods of rain; High in the upper 40s; Low in the upper 30s
Sunday - Rain during the daytime; Partial clearing Sun. night; High in the lower 60s; Low in the mid 30s

Forecast Discussion

It's difficult to reach consensus on any subject, but by the end of this week, 100% will have an unfavorable rating of the weather.

We catch a brief break in precipitation today through Tuesday morning. Windy conditions will be the most noticeable weather item today as chilly air overtakes the region.

High pressure centered in the NE wedges down the Appalachians. Low pressure will be centered in East Texas by late Tuesday pulling Gulf moisture northward over the top of cold air at the surface. The result will be a wintry mix developing Tuesday afternoon and continuing Tuesday night. Freezing rain will be the primary type of precipitation Tuesday night into Wednesday with significant ice accumulation primarily in the eastern half of our region.

Precipitation transitions to a chilly rain during the day Wednesday. Thursday will be briefly milder as the chilly wedge is scoured; however, periods of rain remain with us.

We repeat the process Friday and Saturday. However, temperatures will not be as chilly as Tuesday/Wednesday. Expect rain. Rain finally ends by Sunday afternoon with some clearing Sunday night.


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