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Snake Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, January 15, 2018 at 5:33PM

Light Snow In The Works

Considering the last few days, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was a very pleasant one. It's amazing how good it feels when we're not being blown sideways. Changes occur Tuesday as another strong arctic cold front moves through Tuesday night. Light snow and snow showers develop Tuesday afternoon and continue into Wednesday morning. It's a gentle snow at first, then a strong northwest flow kicks in Wednesday morning. Snow showers and flurries continue Wednesday and taper off Wednesday night. Snow totals will be in the 1"-3" range with most of that falling by Wednesday morning. This shot of super-cold is fleeting and we'll quickly dig out of the cold hole by the end of this week.

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Monday

Hi: 28 Lo: 16

Scattered clouds; Cold; Light SW wind
Tuesday

Hi: 27 Lo: 8

Becoming mostly cloudy; Cold; PM snow showers; Light SW wind becoming NW 5-15 mph Tues. night
Wednesday

Hi: 9 Lo: 5

Daytime snow showers & flurries; Frigid; Flurries possible into Wed. night; NW 10-20 mph & gusty
Thursday

Hi: 24 Lo: 15

Becoming mostly sunny; Cold
Friday

Hi: 37 Lo: 23

Mostly clear; Milder temperatures

Further Out

Saturday - Partly cloudy; Another step less cold; High in the lower 40s; Low near 30 degrees
Sunday - Mostly cloudy; Rain developing Sun. night; High in the mid 40s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

A potent cold front is marching through the Ohio/Tn Valleys tonight on a journey to the East Coast Wednesday. In the process snow flies from the Great Lakes region down to Texas and the Deep South between now and then. The Southern Appalachians are in cue tomorrow afternoon followed by coastal NC Wednesday.

Tuesday is not especially cold, that comes Wednesday. Light snow or snow showers develop Tuesday afternoon ahead of the front and continues into Wednesday morning. As a northwest wind cranks up behind the front (Wednesday daytime) we'll transition to a northwest flow snow event favoring the higher, westward facing slopes. Snow showers and flurries stay in the picture until Wednesday night, but the bulk of accumulating snow falls by Wednesday morning. A widespread 1"-3" is on tap with the higher totals favoring the mountaintops.

Modified Canadian high pressure builds Thursday and Friday heading to the western Atlantic this weekend. The turnaround to "less cold" gets underway Thursday afternoon. Above average temperatures complete the transition Saturday and Sunday. It stays dry until late Sunday night or Monday morning when the next cold front approaches from the west bringing rain.

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