The skies have been slow to clear and that also has helped keep the temperatures from rising into the upper 50s. This mild pattern is still in place, just not as mild as I had anticipated.
There will be a gradual clearing but the low clouds and fog are going to be tough to scour out as the cool wedge seems to be in more control. Look for the skies to be partly to mostly clear overnight but and temps staying in the middle to upper 30s most spot. The high country will be in the 20s, but the upper 20s so it will be a mild night by mountain standards.
Wednesday will be the day of development as there is a storm expected to develop in the South and move off the Carolina coasts early Thursday morning. This will once again be one of the storms that, depending on the track, will provide us with a good deal of snow or just a few inches. There was some thinking that this may be a very impressive snow maker, but the models have backed off that thought. Today there has been an establishment of the high-end snow, but mainly for the Mountain Empire for early Thursday. Most of the general thinking is that there will be about 1 – 3” of snow west of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There will be some cold air pushing down from the Great Lakes overnight into Thursday that will interact with the moister moving north from the low in the South. That is what will provide us with the snow potential. The accumulation may be low due to the rain that is expected prior to the snow and the relatively warm ground.
The precipitation should end by sunrise Thursday so the roads will be cleared and the travel, albeit tricky, will not be impossible. Look for the winds to be the main issue on Thursday once the precipitation comes to an end. The winds will be from the north generally so a much cooler day is in store for us on Thursday. Highs will only reach the low 40s.
Friday will start out cold and not warm up too much. Lows will be in the teens and low 20s regionwide to start then only reach the 30s and low 40s in the afternoon. Little change is expected on Saturday.
Sunday will be another day that brings us a chance for some rain and or snow. Still focusing on the event slated for overnight Wednesday into Thursday so I haven’t looked too deep into this one. Good chance the forecast today for Sunday will change significantly as well by the time we get closer to the weekend.