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NWS Winter Weather Advisory (Watauga County)

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Sky Valley , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6:34AM

Pattern Flip

Since early December, strong high pressure in the Eastern Pacific produced a cross-polar flow flooding the middle and eastern U. S. with very cold air. We have had only two breaks in the pattern in six weeks. That pattern flips now. There's no major arctic intrusion in the foreseeable future. Don't expect spring, but do expect generally kinder, gentler weather. The "mild up" begins today and continues through the weekend. (However, valleys will be cold the next couple nights.) The only other issue of note is a windy Saturday. The next front arrives Monday night with rain followed by cooler weather.

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Friday

Hi: 48 Lo: 25

Mostly clear; Milder temperatures by afternoon; Cold tonight in valleys; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty at times
Saturday

Hi: 49 Lo: 33

Mostly clear; Another step milder; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusts to 40 mph
Sunday

Hi: 53 Lo: 35

Lots of sun; Mild; Wind becoming South and light
Monday

Hi: 50 Lo: 36

Becoming cloudy; Rain late afternoon & Mon. night; Cooler late Mon. night
Tuesday

Hi: 43 Lo: 25

Early AM light rain or flurries; Decreasing clouds; Cooler; Windy

Further Out

Wednesday - Scattered clouds; Seasonal temperatures; High in the lower 40s; Low in the mid 20s
Thursday - Mostly clear; A bit milder; High in the mid 40s; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

We have been advertising a pattern flip beginning today. It's here. Milder air arrives from the South putting an end to bitterly cold weather for now. We are not flipping to spring; we're only half way through winter. However, there's no an arctic outbreak in sight.

Gradually milder weather arrives as high pressure shifts east into the Atlantic. Cold ground and mostly clear skies will keep valleys cold tonight and Saturday night.

A front arrives from the northwest Monday night. Rain develops late Monday afternoon and continues Monday night.

Cooler air arrives behind the front with seasonal temperatures Tuesday through Thursday. Tuesday looks rather windy.

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