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NWS Special Weather Statement (Ashe County)

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Laurel Ridge , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:01AM

Light Snow; Very Cold

A front moved through Tuesday evening. An upper-level low passes over us today. Surface low pressure is strengthening east of Charlotte. Dynamics are good for snow but moisture is lacking. The result for us is light snow tapering off around noon, but snow showers and flurries continuing into the evening with falling temperatures. Total accumulations will be 1"-3" for most but 3"-4" at high elevations near the TN/NC border. Winds become gusty tonight. Thursday is mostly clear with a frigid start. This is the last super-cold shot in the foreseeable future. A pattern shift results in milder weather Friday through the weekend.

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Hi: 17 Lo: 10

Cloudy; AM light snow; PM snow showers & flurries; Frigid; NW 10-20 mph, gusts to 45 mph tonight

Hi: 38 Lo: 16

Becoming sunny; Cold; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusty in the AM

Hi: 48 Lo: 21

Mostly clear; Milder temperatures; NW wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 50 Lo: 33

Mostly clear; Another step milder

Hi: 53 Lo: 36

Lots of sun; Mild

Further Out

Monday - Cloudy; Afternoon & overnight rain; Turning cooler Mon. night; High in the upper 40s; Low in the mid 30s
Tuesday - Scattered clouds; Chilly; High in the mid 40s; Low in the mid 20s

Forecast Discussion

These arctic outbreaks have been bone-dry, keeping snow events light with only two exceptions this year. The rule holds again today in spite of a potent set-up. Raleigh and vicinity is the winner today (3"-7"). The map today includes an upper-level low passing over us and a surface low strengthening in SE NC; both headed east.

We expect generally 1"-3" with an isolated higher total possible at high elevations near the TN/NC border. Light snow this morning tapers off early this afternoon; however, snow showers and flurries redevelop this evening. Daytime high temperatures are sunrise numbers--temperatures gradually fall all day. Winds increase this afternoon and overnight.

Skies clear quickly tomorrow. After a frigid start to the day, temperatures moderate somewhat Thursday afternoon.

High pressure moves from Arkansas today to the Atlantic this weekend. The result will be a milder southerly flow. And the prolonged cross-polar flow disappears ending arctic outbreaks into the Southeast. Friday afternoon will be 10 degrees warmer than Thursday. Add another 4-5 this weekend. Clear skies and cold ground will promote cold temperatures each night in valleys.

The next front from the west arrives Monday night. Skies become cloudy Monday with rain arriving in the afternoon and continuing overnight. Somewhat colder air arrives late Monday night taking temperatures back to near seasonal norms Tuesday.


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