Fire danger in the region is a concern today. The dry air and wind along with the dry fuels on the ground has the National Weather Service concerned about rapid wildfire growth this afternoon. Burning is discouraged and be mindful of your cigarettes and cigar butts.
The brisk and cold pattern is in place as the temps were dropping all night and bottomed out in the low 40s around 9am. The sun was helpful in stopping the dropping of the mercury in the thermometer, but it will not be able to warm the region back to the 50s as was the case at midnight. An area of low pressure over the Canadian Maritimes is responsible for the cool down and the winds.
Tonight should see the winds settle down a bit, but still robust enough to see a few teens or even single digits for wind chill values before sunrise Saturday.
Saturday will be dry and breezy with temps in the upper 40s to low 50s. the Low in Canada is pulling away and that will help reduce the wind speeds and allow for a bit milder air to arrive.
Sunday will be a few degrees milder as we get into the 50s and maybe a few 60s in our eastern Piedmont counties. Still a chance for a flake or two on our west facing slopes of the Highlands, but overall a milder pattern. Don’t get too used to it, there will be cooler air arriving on Monday.