Pinpoint Weather: Showers exit, wind enters as temperatures climb to wrap up the week

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We’ve been on the mild side the last two days and it’s time to get even warmer.

Before we talk about temperatures, let’s talk about the showers.

As forecast, they’ve been largely isolated and haven’t been dropping decent totals that we need to erode the risk of fire dangers.

There is enough moisture in the air to largely lessen those concerns for Wednesday, but as we get into the day on Thursday, the showers will be long-gone, humidity levels will lower again and the winds will be picking up.

We can expect winds to gust as highs as 25-35 mph at lower elevations and as high as 40 to even up to 55 mph at the highest elevations – especially toward the Highlands.

The images below indicate sustained winds at the times listed.

These winds, combined with drier air and dry ground fuels will help to produce the return of fire weather concerns as we head into Thursday and Friday.

Highland County has been reduced from a High Wind Watch to a Wind Advisory Thursday into early Friday. Still, enough wind combined with low humidity and a dry ground will help to produce the risk of the rapid spread of brush and wildfires in the area, so a Fire Weather Watch is continuing for Highland County and points north.

Skies will turn mainly sunny through the afternoon on Thursday as highs climb up into the 50s in the mountains and the 60s to near 70 elsewhere.

Those temperatures will be similar on Friday.

We do set up a dry trend as well that will last through the upcoming weekend but a mix of clouds and sunshine will be in the cards – just no precip.

Saturday’s highs will drop a few degrees from Friday as 50s will linger in the mountains and lower and middle 60s can be expected further east.

A wedge sets up on Sunday that will halt temperatures from climbing all that much. We’re forecasting 40s in the mountains and lower 50s elsewhere.

Monday could bring some rain showers or mountain snow showers back into the area. We need the moisture, so we’ll keep watching the forecasts to see how they may change.

In case you haven’t seen, the Atlantic Hurricane season has come to an end. Check the official season-ending totals and information by clicking here.

The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team’s winter weather special, “Winter Ready” will be premiering tonight on WFXR at 6:30. Chief Meteorologist John Carroll, Kara Thompson, Sandra Brogan and myself will give our take on what’s ahead. We’ve got a really cool story about how they make snow up at Snowshoe that will be featured on the show as well!

I’ll talk to you tonight on WFXR News First at Ten with the latest updates to the forecast.

Gary Boyer

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