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NWS Special Weather Statement (Watauga County)

Current Conditions
Powder Horn

Temp: 45.2°F
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Powder Horn Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 8:22PM

¿Cinco de Qué?

We're having a flashback to March on the 5th of May. The core of a potent upper-level low moves through NC/SC tonight. Cloudy skies remain intact with showers picking up the pace this evening and continuing into early-early Friday morning. Elevations above 4000' have dusting level snow showers tonight. Friday, skies remain mostly cloudy with a few daytime showers and cool temperatures. After a chilly start Saturday, the afternoon is much warmer.

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Hi: 59 Lo: 41

Cloudy; Showers, mostly in the evening; Higher elev. snow showers; Cold for May; NW 10-20 mph, gusts to 40 mph tonight

Hi: 60 Lo: 46

Mostly cloudy with a few daytime showers; Decreasing clouds Fri night; Still unseasonably cool; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusty

Hi: 73 Lo: 56

Mostly sunny day; More clouds Sat. night with a stray shower possible late; Warmer afternoon; NW wind 5-15 mph, but gusty Sat. night

Hi: 76 Lo: 54

Mostly to partly cloudy; A stray shower possible

Hi: 80 Lo: 59

Partly cloudy; Warmer

Further Out

Tuesday - Partly to mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a PM t-shower; High in the upper 70s; Low in the upper 50s
Wednesday - More clouds; Scattered PM t-showers; High near 80 degrees; Low in the upper 50s

Forecast Discussion

A cold-core upper level low-pressure system is rotating across North and South Carolina tonight. With it comes unseasonably chilly temperatures, lots of clouds and an increase in showers tonight. It's even cold enough for some wet snow across the higher elevations with dusting level stuff for the highest ridges. Showers remain possible Friday with chilly temperatures as a surface low forms along the Carolina Coast and moves northeast.

Fortunately it's not winter anymore so the cold flips quickly this weekend. Saturday afternoon will be much warmer.

A front moves south early Sunday morning out of Virginia and stalls in North Carolina. It then moves back to the north as a warm front early Monday morning. With the front in the vicinity, we cannot rule out a shower late Saturday night into the daytime Sunday.

Monday and Tuesday, high pressure builds in the Atlantic with control into the Eastern U. S. Monday looks terrific. Tuesday looks mostly nice, but a PM thundershower cannot be ruled out. Wednesday, the next front from the west edges closer sparking scattered PM t-showers. Warm weather holds next week.


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