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West Jefferson , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 7:22AM

Satisfying Superbowl Sunday

Skies will become mostly sunny today, with temperatures peaking close to seasonal norms. Overall, it will be a pleasant Superbowl Sunday for western North Carolina. The weather will change drastically on Monday, with snow showers and squalls developing across the Southern Appalachians. Snow showers and flurries will continue Tuesday, finally tapering off by Thursday morning (look for our snow accumulation map, coming this afternoon). It will turn dramatically colder, beginning Monday night.

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Sunday

Hi: 44 Lo: 27

Becoming mostly sunny; Close to normal; North wind 5-15 mph gusting to 20
Monday

Hi: 37 Lo: 19

Becoming cloudy; Turning colder; Snow showers; Snow squalls in the PM hours; Light SW wind becoming NW & increasing to 10-20 mph, gusting to 30 at night
Tuesday

Hi: 27 Lo: 14

Generally cloudy; Very cold; Snow showers; NW wind 10-20 mph gusting to 30
Wednesday

Hi: 21 Lo: 8

Lots of clouds; Snow showers & flurries; Frigid
Thursday

Hi: 23 Lo: 16

AM flurries; Partly sunny & very cold

Further Out

Friday - Mix of clouds & sun; More PM/nighttime snow showers & flurries; Cold, but not as cold; High in the mid 30s; Low near 20 degrees
Saturday - Another brutal Arctic cold shot; Early flurries; High in the upper 20s; Low near 5 degrees

Forecast Discussion

On the weather map, low-pressure is explosively deepening off the Carolina coast. While it will impact coastal sections, it won’t directly affect our weather, except for some high clouds and a noticeable northerly breeze. Temperatures will be very close to early February averages.

The fun begins on Monday as an Arctic cold front sweeps across the mountains during the daytime. It will bring a round of snow showers and some scattered heavy squalls. As a deep, upper level trough carves-out over the eastern part of the United States, abundant low-level moisture will pile up into the mountains producing snow showers and flurries tonight into early Thursday.

Snowfall accumulations through this entire period will range from just an inch or two across eastern sections near the Blue Ridge, to 3-6” elsewhere. Higher elevations locations situated along the NC/TN border will receive 6-9+”.

Another facet will be the cold temperatures. Subzero wind chills will be commonplace Tuesday through Wednesday.

Quieter weather returns briefly for Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. Temperatures will moderate a little bit by Friday, although another reinforcing shot of cold air arrives Friday night. Snow showers/flurries may accompany this front as it paves the way for a very cold Saturday.

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