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NWS Winter Weather Advisory (Watauga County)

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Snake Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:19AM

Nuisance Precip; Cold Coming

We’ve got periods of light rain or sprinkles, starting as a wintry mix today, although total precipitation amounts should only be a couple tenths of an inch (or less). Colder air invades tonight and there could be a few flurries overnight. Sunshine returns on Sunday, but it will be cold and windy. The coldest part of this forecast is Monday and Tuesday, followed by moderation.

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Cloudy, a cold rain
Temps in the upper 30s
SW wind 10-15 mph, gusty
Saturday

Hi: 41 Lo: 26

Cloudy; Mainly PM light rain, beginning briefly as an icy mix, ending as a few flurries late tonight; South wind 5-15 mph, but windy at higher elev., becoming NW 10-20 Sat. night with gusts to 50 mph late
Sunday

Hi: 26 Lo: 11

Maybe an early flurry; Mostly sunny & much colder; Partly cloudy with scattered flurries Sunday night; NW wind 15-25 mph gusting to 50 early
Monday

Hi: 16 Lo: 9

A few early snow flurries, then mostly clear & very cold; NW wind 10-20 mph, diminishing
Tuesday

Hi: 20 Lo: 12

Clear; Cold; Breezy
Wednesday

Hi: 34 Lo: 24

Bright sunshine; Not as cold

Further Out

Thursday - Lots of sunshine; Continued moderation; High in the upper 30s; Low near 30 degrees
Friday - Thickening clouds; Rain arriving PM or Friday night; High in the upper 30s; Low in the mid 30s

Forecast Discussion

A cold front is scheduled to push across the mountains later tonight. Ahead of the front, the cold air is getting dislodged, and that is usually a precipitation-making process. This time, we expect a spotty wintry mix changing to rain before ending as a few snow flurries later tonight along with some mountaintop rime. This is just a nuisance-level wintry event and simply won’t amount to much. If this were politics, it would be called a 'nothing-burger'. :)

Sunday turns sunny after a stray early flurry, but windy and colder. A reinforcing shot of very cold air arrives for Monday and Tuesday. A potent upper level disturbance will pivot through Monday night, but it’s moisture starved. Still, we have introduced some powdery snow flurries into the forecast for Sunday night and Monday morning ahead of this feature. The big story will be the arrival of temperatures that will be 10-degrees or more below normal for a change.

Dry weather will be with us for Wednesday and Thursday as temperatures steadily moderate. New low-pressure could bring rain to the mountains by Friday afternoon or Friday night.

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