Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 6:48AM
Snow is on the Doorstep
Snow should move into the High Country by daybreak this morning and continue until the early afternoon when we begin to see a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain. With temperatures warming slightly and bordering on the rain/snow line, a snow accumulation forecast is difficult, but generally 1"-4" is expected south of Boone (more on mountaintops). Eastern Ashe and Alleghany Counties should see a little more with 4-8 inches expected. Most of this accumulation comes by late Saturday afternoon. For details, see our March Ain't Over Snow Totals graphic.
A light wintry mix of precipitation will continue into Sunday before we clear out Monday. Temperatures will be below average early next week but will gradually warm to near average through the week. Rain should move in by late week.
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Hi: 33 Lo: 29
Cloudy; Rather cold; Snow becoming a wintry mix by late afternoon, continuing overnight; SE wind 5-10 mph, gusty SW at higher elev's
Hi: 35 Lo: 23
Cloudy; Light wintry mix of rain, freezing drizzle, and snow; East wind 5-15 mph
Hi: 41 Lo: 25
Partly cloudy; Chilly; SE wind 5-10 mph
Hi: 49 Lo: 35
Variably cloudy; Less chilly
Hi: 59 Lo: 43
Scattered clouds, increasing Wed. night; Warmer
Thursday - Clouds; Showers, especially Thur. night; High in the lower 60s; Low in the lower 40s
Friday - Cloudy; Rain likely; High in the mid 50s; Low in the lower 30s
If you thought you were going to do some yardwork this weekend, think again because Mother Nature has invited Old Man Winter to stay for a few days. Snow will be flying through the High Country this morning and lasting through early afternoon. With temperatures warming slightly and bordering on the rain/snow line, a snow accumulation forecast is difficult, but generally 1"-4" is expected south of Boone (more on mountaintops). Eastern Ashe and Alleghany Counties should see a little more with 4-8 inches expected. Most of this accumulation comes by late Saturday afternoon. For details, see our March Ain't Over Snow Totals graphic. By early afternoon, most areas will see a change to a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain with a little but of freezing rain thrown in for good measure.
The culprits in this winter scenario are a low pressure and its associated warm front moving southeast from the central Plains and a strong Canadian High pressure building down the east side of the Appalachians. The low will move across northern Georgia and SC and be out of our hair by Sunday evening. The High will stay entrenched though and keep us cool through Tuesday.
Warmer southerly winds will ahead of a slow moving cold front approaching western NC will give a taste of spring by mid week. That front should move through late week bringing us some rain and cooling us down.
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