Station located at Watauga High School
Forecast Last Updated at Monday, January 17, 2022 at 5:10PM
Bitter Cold; Lingering Snow/Wind
Snow reports across the region vary vary greatly. Sleet and now wind make accurate measurements almost impossible. I "think" most of the region picked up 6"-12", and we are not finished with this storm. Daily high temperatures occurred shortly after midnight and have remained quite chilly since then.
A strong surface low moved into New England today, meanwhile, a disturbance is aimed at the Southern Appalachians in the ferocious NW flow around the surface low. We have strong winds this evening with snow showers and flurries. Expect another dusting (east near the Blue Ridge) to 4" (west near the TN/NC border) before it ends. We have partial clearing Tuesday and some temperature moderation by Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday has increasing clouds with rain developing Wednesday night.
Hi: 28 Lo: 16
Mostly cloudy; Evening snow showers; NW wind 10-20 mph with gusts to 45 mph, slightly less windy tonight
Hi: 37 Lo: 26
Partly cloudy; Seasonably cold; NW wind 5-15 mph becoming SW Tue. night
Hi: 46 Lo: 29
Increasing clouds; Light rain developing Wed. night; SW wind 5-15 mph, becoming NW late Wed. night
Hi: 35 Lo: 13
Generally cloudy; Early AM light rain or snow showers possible, ending as flurries; Colder
Hi: 21 Lo: 13
Mostly cloudy; Even colder; Light snow possible in the afternoon and at night
Saturday - Early light snow or flurries possible; Then clearing; Cold; High near 30 degrees; Low in the mid teens
Sunday - Scattered clouds; Still rather cold; High in the lower 30s; Low in the mid teens
A potent surface low moved into New England today. We are in a strong NW flow around that low. Meanwhile, a disturbance passed through the Southern Appalachians from the Ohio Valley earlier today resulted in a raw, cold, windy day with blowing snow and snow showers that carry into the overnight period. Expect another 4" or so of new accumulation at favored high elevations near the TN/NC line, but only a dusting near the Blue Ridge. 1"-2" will be common in between.
We have a break Tuesday through the daytime Wednesday with slowly moderating temperatures. The next front arrives late Wednesday night. Clouds increase Wednesday afternoon, and mostly light rain comes Wednesday night. Precipitation may linger briefly into early Thursday and end as flurries.
Thursday is colder with breaks in the clouds by afternoon.
Friday, a disturbance forms along the front to our southeast. It will spread clouds northward back into our area. Computer guidance varies greatly on how much precipitation reaches us Friday afternoon into Saturday. I took the middle road with light snow forming Friday afternoon, continuing Friday night, and ending early Saturday. We'll have to wait another day or two before we get more clarity on this system. Regardless of precipitation, count on Friday being very cold and Saturday being cold. Clouds decrease late Saturday. Sunday has scattered clouds and cold (but slightly less cold) temperatures with high pressure entered in the Southeast.
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