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NWS Special Weather Statement (Ashe County)

Current Conditions
W. Jefferson

Temp: 37.2°F
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West Jefferson , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6:10PM

Clouds Return; Not Much Snow

Low pressure moves across the northern Gulf of Mexico tonight and Saturday. Light snow develops late tonight and lasts into Saturday. Accumulations will be less than 1" (no more than a dusting for most). Drizzle is possible Saturday afternoon and evening. We'll see the sun briefly Sunday morning, but clouds return Sunday afternoon. Rain develops Sunday night; however, rain will change to freezing rain on the east side of the Appalachians later Sunday night with freezing rain lasting into Monday morning right along the Blue Ridge.
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Friday

Hi: 44 Lo: 30

Cloudy tonight; Light snow late; NW wind becoming light
Saturday

Hi: 40 Lo: 31

Cloudy; Light snow till early afternoon; PM drizzle; Light wind
Sunday

Hi: 45 Lo: 32

Becoming cloudy in the PM; Rain developing Sun. night, becoming freezing rain on the east side of the Appalachians; Light wind becoming SE 5-15 mph
Monday

Hi: 40 Lo: 35

Cloudy; Rain (especially in the AM) & drizzle; AM freezing rain on the east edge of the Appalachians
Tuesday

Hi: 49 Lo: 39

Cloudy; Spotty light daytime rain; Rain Tue night

Further Out

Wednesday - Generally cloudy; AM rain; Late day & nighttime snow showers; Turning colder; High in the mid 40s; Low in the upper 20s
Thursday - Clearing skies; Cold; High in the mid 30s; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

There will be no significant snow event in the Southern Appalachians this weekend. All the hypers crying "Wolf" are wrong yet again. The setup looked interesting a few days ago, but wiser forecasters refuse to rush in where fools tread. Low pressure will be far to our south moving west to east across the northern Gulf of Mexico tonight and Saturday.

Light snow arrives late tonight lasting into Saturday. Drizzle is possible Saturday afternoon and evening.

Actually the more important travel hazard (although limited in area) may be later Sunday night into Monday morning. Low pressure moves north just off the Atlantic Coast Monday. High pressure will be centered in Maine but wedging south into the Southern Appalachians. Rain develops Sunday night lasting through much of Monday. Right along the Blue Ridge in Avery, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties, rain may change to freezing rain late Sunday night lasting into Monday morning. We'll need to keep a watchful eye on that potential.

Precipitation (spotty light rain and drizzle) will wane Monday night and Tuesday. However, a front will move through from the west Wednesday. Expect rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Now for the "Sorta White Christmas" part... Colder air rushes in behind the cold front Wednesday. Snow showers and flurries develop Wednesday afternoon continuing Christmas Eve for Santa's Ride. Rudolph will not need his brightest wattage, but that red nose will come in handy. It will be snow showery, cold, and blustery.

Christmas Day looks cold with decreasing clouds. Milder temperatures quickly return next Friday and Saturday. There's greater potential for significant winter weather as we get closer to New Year's Eve and Day.

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