Warming up slightly

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High clouds today ahead of rain to the east tonight

The bitter cold air of the past few mornings will be a bit milder Friday morning with the chance for some rain to develop along the coast. The possibility of that rain making it to the Piedmont is around 20% and the extent of the western progression will only be our fringe outlying counties of Halifax, Charlotte and Appomattox.  Not that there is no chance of the rain migrating further west, but the probability is even lower. 

As for the forecast and the temperatures, I do expect a bit more reasonable temperatures heading into the next few days. Normal for the middle of November is around the upper 50s, we should be in the upper 40s this weekend so although not where we should be for this time of year, we are heading in the right direction.

There is another area of concern in the region over the next few days and that will be the advent of this coastal storm I mentioned above. The benign impact on our viewing area is a good thing.  Friday this low will be starting to get its act together off the South Carolina coast, and that is when we will get the rain in our eastern counties. From there the low really bottoms out and intensifies for the weekend.  For our region, I expect only gusty winds from the east and northeast over the Piedmont.  Winds will be in the 30-mph range with gusts near 45 at times Saturday and Sunday.  Depending on which model you subscribe to, the duration of the winds could be anywhere from one to two days.  This is in no way a major event for us, it is more of an inconvenient scenario.  Just need to batten down the hatches a bit in the east and up to the Blue Ridge.

As for the rest of the region I expect breezy conditions this weekend along with a decent mix of clouds and sunshine.  Temps will maintain the below average status, but will be within reason.  Highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s Saturday and Sunday.

The next chance for precipitation will be on Tuesday, but there are some indications that the low off the coast may be strong enough to throw some light rain our way Monday, but that is still a good time off.

Stay Safe. Stay warm.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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