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Phillips Gap , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:59AM

Spring Ahead

Cold is in the rear view mirror. Spring abounds ahead. In spite of more clouds, today's temperatures are nearly 10 degrees warmer than Thursday. By the middle of next week, we'll add 10 more. Dry weather holds through the daytime Saturday; however, fog may become a travel issue later tonight into Saturday morning especially east along the Blue Ridge. Scattered showers and thundershowers develop Saturday night into Sunday. There's no retreat from Spring in sight.

Friday

Hi: 59 Lo: 47

Partly to mostly cloudy; Warmer; Fog develops tonight; SW wind 5-15 mph
Saturday

Hi: 63 Lo: 49

AM fog possible, then mostly cloudy; Showers possible late Sat. night; South wind 5-15 mph
Sunday

Hi: 62 Lo: 53

Generally cloudy; Showers, maybe a t-shower; South wind 5-15 mph, gusty at times
Monday

Hi: 68 Lo: 53

Partly to mostly cloudy; Maybe a shower, especially Mon. night
Tuesday

Hi: 69 Lo: 51

Mostly cloudy; Widely scattered showers & t-showers during the daytime

Further Out

Wednesday - Scattered clouds; Warm temperatures; High in the lower 70s; Low near 50 degrees
Thursday - More clouds; PM showers; High in the mid 60s; Low in the upper 40s

Forecast Discussion

High pressure, that kept us cool for a couple days, has migrated into the Atlantic but still maintains it's influence in the Southeast. Temperatures warm on a southerly flow. Today and Saturday will have more clouds. The only real "fly in our weather ointment" is the potential for fog tonight and Saturday morning, especially along the Blue Ridge.

A stationary front stretches from New England to Chicago. Then a cold front oriented from north to south in the Great Plains will make slow progress east, blocked by the Atlantic high.

But energy and moisture currently associated with the Plains front will race ahead of the front reaching us later Saturday night into Sunday. Scattered showers and thundershowers will result.

Monday will be drier and warmer; however, a shower cannot be ruled out especially Monday night. Finally a weak front moves through early Wednesday. Ahead of that front, widely scattered showers and thundershowers are possible Monday night and Tuesday.

Wednesday looks like the pick of the forecast--warm and dry. It has a chance to be our first 5-Golfball day of the year, but I'm not going out on that limb yet.

High pressure centered in the Great Lakes may produce a weak wedge Thursday. Expect more clouds, somewhat cooler temperatures (not cold), with a threat of showers by afternoon.

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