Pinpoint Weather: Cooler pattern returns by the middle of the week, along with some showers
There are usually a few days in April when a blast of much cooler air arrives and reminds us that we have not quite moved in to full on “Spring Mode”. This week will be one of those times. There will be a nice warm up Tuesday under mostly sunny skies as temps rise into the 70s. Not much above normal, but a few degrees. Expect to see clear conditions most of the day along with dry and calm weather.
Wednesday all that changes as a cold front moves in from the west and provides us with some much cooler air. The highs on Wednesday will be in the low 60s along with some gusty winds. The mountain locations may be looking at some wintry mix-type precipitation while the rest of the region sees a bit of rain.
Another big feature will be the fact that the temps will be dropping Wednesday…in the 60s around 9am…
And dipping into the 40s and 50s most locations by 2 pm.
The blustery winds will make it feel more like the upper 20s to low 30s as they reach speeds of 25 mph or more from time to time. Snow or mixed wintry precip will not be too impactful in the Highlands, but there should be a few slick roads in some of the ridges and passes.
Thursday should be on the sunny and brisk side. Highs will be even cooler by several degrees as highs will be in the 50s. The brisk and crisp pattern will be the coolest of the week, but by no means the end. Friday will be sunny and cool, but with less wind and Saturday brings a good chance for rain.
Saturday will be rainy and maybe even a bit stormy as showers return in association with an area of low pressure. The rain may be a bit robust at times and is expected to linger into Sunday morning.
FYI: On Friday April 19th 2019 two tornadoes touched down in the viewing area. An EF-3 in Franklin county touched down just north of Oak Level and stayed on the ground for 8 miles and was at peak intensity near Windy Ridge Road just west of Highway 220. Two people were injured, no fatalities but damage to three structures and ten outbuildings. A second tornado touched down near Thaxton and was classified as an EF-1. Several trees snapped off and an outbuilding destroyed.