Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:59AM
March has been unseasonably dry, but we may make up the deficit in the last week of the month. A potent storm system moves between now and Friday morning. Light rain and drizzle develop this morning along the eastern escarpment of the Appalachians. Expect steadier rain in the afternoon; then heavy rain at times tonight with thunder late. Most areas will pick up 1"-2" of rain (maybe less along the NC/TN border, isolated higher totals along the Blue Ridge). Fog will be an issue near the Blue Ridge. Temperatures will be mostly steady today. Expect windy conditions in storms later tonight.
Rain tapers off quickly Friday. The sun might briefly appear in the afternoon; however, drizzle or light rain remains possible Friday night especially west, near the TN/NC border. After morning clouds Saturday, the weekend has pleasant temperatures, but Saturday will be windy.
Hi: 54 Lo: 49
Cloudy with fog east; AM light rain & drizzle developing near the Blue Ridge; Afternoon rain; Heavy rain at times tonight with thunder late; SE wind 5-15 mph, gusty tonight
Hi: 55 Lo: 40
Generally cloudy; Showers & t-showers, tapering off by afternoon; Spotty light rain or drizzle possible Fri night; SW wind 5-15 mph, gusty early, then NW 10-20 mph & gusty late Fri night
Hi: 52 Lo: 40
Early clouds, then more sun; Cannot rule out early drizzle near the TN/NC border; Pleasant temperatures; NW wind 10-20 mph, early gusts to 40 mph, tapering off Sat. night
Hi: 58 Lo: 44
Scattered clouds, becoming cloudy Sun. night; Pleasant
Hi: 54 Lo: 48
Cloudy; Showers, especially in the afternoon and evening with thunder possible; Somewhat cooler
Tuesday - Mostly to partly cloudy; Warmer; Scattered AM showers and t-showers; High in the upper 50s; Low in the lower 40s
Wednesday - Increasing PM clouds; Pleasant; High in the upper 50s; Low in the lower 40s
We may get four Spring storm systems in 11 days (the first came through early this week). Storm #2 is at the door today and could be the most potent of the bunch. But we'll sneak in a mostly nice weekend.
Today's system arrives in stages: 1) A moist southerly flow bring drizzle and light rain with fog to the eastern escarpment of the Appalachians. 2) Steadier rains develop this afternoon and evening. 3) Heavier rain with storms develop tonight as the front moves through. 4) Showers and thundershowers end Friday morning. Temperatures will be relatively steady today. Winds will become gusty tonight especially at higher elevations.
The sun may briefly appear Friday; however, a strong NW flow develops Friday night with more clouds. Light rain and drizzle will be possible Friday night especially west near the TN/NC border.
Saturday starts with clouds and maybe some light rain and drizzle near the TN/NC border. Clouds decrease by afternoon. Temperatures will be near seasonal norms. Saturday morning will be windy, but settle in the afternoon and evening.
Sunday is the outdoor pick of this forecast set--pleasant with high pressure moving east across our region.
Clouds increase Sunday night as the next storm system approaches. Monday starts with clouds and light rain. More rain with storms develop in the afternoon and evening. A few showers or thundershowers could linger into Tuesday morning.
Wednesday will be nice ahead of the fourth system in the series arriving next Thursday.
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