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Laurel Ridge , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 5:44AM

Clouds; Mild

I can't help but ask... For those who enjoy being critical for weather forecasters, how many had The University of Maryland Baltimore County over UVA in your NCAA Tournament Brackets? :-)

We'll have plenty of pleasant hours today. Expect clouds, mild temperatures, and only a spotty light shower or two during the daytime. Tonight has increased shower coverage. I cannot rule out some drizzle early Sunday. Temperatures will be cooler tomorrow, but dry weather dominates the day under mostly to partly cloudy skies. Skies become cloudy again Sunday night and showers return late Sunday night continuing into a cooler Monday. Next week promises to be unsettled with snow returning Tuesday night and Wednesday.

There's several fun events this weekend in Boone. The inaugural St. Patrick's Day Parade is today at 2 PM in downtown followed by the Daniel Boone Rail Jam at Horn In The West park beginning at 6 PM. Click here to see an Hourly Forecast for both.

The 2019 Blue Ridge Parkway Calendar Photo Contest is underway. You can submit photos til March, 26. We wanted to keep the momentum going from this year's calendar. So, we'll start now and have calendars on store shelves sooner than ever before.


Hi: 59 Lo: 44

Generally cloudy; Mild; Spotty light daytime rain; Showers tonight; West wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 55 Lo: 42

Mostly cloudy; Slightly cooler; Early morning drizzle or sprinkles possible; Rain returns late Sunday night; NW wind 5-10 mph becoming Light SE

Hi: 50 Lo: 41

Cloudy; Cool; Patchy fog possible; Rain showers; SE wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 48 Lo: 32

Mostly cloudy; Cool day; Colder night; Showers possible during the day, changing to snow Tue. night

Hi: 36 Lo: 25

Cloudy; Colder; Snow, ending as snow showers Wed. evening; Windy

Further Out

Thursday - Maybe an early snow flurry, then clearing; Cold; Windy; High in the upper 30s; Low in the mid 20s
Friday - Partial sun, but becoming cloudy; Chilly; High in the mid 40s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

Looking at the late-winter pattern for the next 7-10 days reminded me of the old Monty Python skit... "I think she's dead." ... "No, I'm not!"

Winter's dead...
This weekend promises relatively mild weather. A front is loitering across NC but is pressed to our south tonight. Saturday has mild temperatures with only spotty light rain during the daytime. Increased shower activity is expected tonight, but still rather light. Sunday is cooler with some sunshine and dry weather (except or a spotty drizzle or sprinkles possible early in the morning).
Low pressure moves across the Southeast Monday as cooler air wedges down the east side of the Appalachians. Expect clouds and periods of rain.

Winter's not dead...
Tuesday, another low moves east across the Gulf Coast States. It reaches the Atlantic Tuesday night then turns northeast up the Carolina Coast. Colder air wraps in behind abetted by high pressure to our west. Showers are possible during the daytime Tuesday. Precipitation changes to snow Tuesday night and snow continues into a cold Wednesday. Flurries are possible into Thursday morning followed by clearing skies. Cold weather remains Thursday and Friday. Some wintry precipitation is possible either late Thursday night or Friday night, but timing and temperatures are too uncertain for serious speculation there.


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