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NWS Flood Watch (Watauga County)

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Watauga High , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:44PM

The Wipers on the Bus

There is light at the end of the tunnel... Sunday afternoon.

A chilly wedge returned today and temperatures hardly budged from where they began this morning. Daily highs for the most part occurred just after midnight however our posted high temperatures actually represent the actual "daytime" high temperature. Rain, drizzle and fog continue tonight through Sunday morning. Sunday, a cold front moves through from the west introducing drier air. Showers are around Sunday morning followed by afternoon clearing, a strong northwest wind, and a quick temperature spike. What has seemingly been an ever present Gulf moisture connection is cutoff behind Sunday's frontal passage. The first half of next week is seasonal and dry.

Friday

Hi: 45 Lo: 34

Cloudy; Occasional rain and drizzle; Areas of fog; Light wind
Saturday

Hi: 44 Lo: 42

Cloudy with fog; Intervals of rain; Chilly; Light SE wind but 10-20 mph & gusty at higher elev's
Sunday

Hi: 57 Lo: 27

Morning rain; Afternoon clearing; Turning colder in the PM; NW wind 15-25 mph, gusts to 40 mph
Monday

Hi: 47 Lo: 26

Mostly clear; Chilly; Breezy
Tuesday

Hi: 49 Lo: 29

Increasing clouds; Cool

Further Out

Wednesday - Mostly cloudy; Breezy; High in the upper 40s; Low in the upper 20s
Thursday - Partly cloudy; Another notch cooler; High in the mid 40s; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

Take high pressure wedging down the eastern flanks of the Appalachians; Add a stalled frontal boundary to our south with a heaping of Gulf moisture overriding the cool air at the surface. This creates the perfect recipe for a pretty solid swath of rain and drizzle that will continue through Saturday night. And the icing on the cake, temperatures stay chilly.

Low pressure moves from the Plains Saturday northeast to Quebec Monday. An attending cold front moves through Sunday morning. Drier air behind the front brings an end to the wet weather through the first half of next week (fingers crossed), potentially all of next week. A briefly invoked southwest wind makes for a quick temperature climb Sunday followed by a cooling northwest wind. Sunday afternoon through Monday are WINDY.

Temperatures return to seasonal levels Monday and beyond. The next cold front moves through Wednesday and as of right now we're leaning towards a dry frontal passage. I think everyone will be grateful if that works out. However, that would buck the trend so it's a cautiously optimistic forecast.

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