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W. Jefferson

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West Jefferson , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 12:49PM

A Bit Unsettled this Weekend

A front sneaking in from the east (aka. a “backdoor” front) will bring widely scattered showers and storms to the area today followed by lots of clouds, areas of fog, and cooler temperatures Sunday through early Monday. The gray weather doesn’t last long, though, as much nicer weather returns from late Monday through the middle of next week.

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Hi: 79 Lo: 65

Mostly cloudy; Widely scattered daytime showers & t-showers; Light rain, drizzle, & fog Sat. night; NW wind 5-15 mph, becoming East Sat. night

Hi: 71 Lo: 59

Generally cloudy; Areas of fog (especially east); Cooler; Spotty light rain or drizzle; East wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 72 Lo: 55

Mostly to partly cloudy; AM fog (maybe some patchy drizzle); Cool for late August; Light East wind

Hi: 77 Lo: 55

Mostly sunny; A step warmer, but pleasant

Hi: 80 Lo: 59

Mostly sunny; Nice weather continues

Further Out

Thursday - Partly cloudy; High in the lower 80s; Low in the lower 60s
Friday - Partly cloudy with an isolated shower or t-storm possible; High near 80 degrees; Low in the lower 60s

Forecast Discussion

The backdoor cool front that we have been talking about over the last few days stretches SE from West Virginia through central North Carolina. The front will continue to slowly push west today and tonight (most fronts move east, not west, and hence the term backdoor front). Along the front, widely scattered showers and storms are expected today, but we are not expecting anything widespread. Today will remain on the warm side since western NC and SW VA will be on the west side of the front most of the day.

Once the front pushes through, a noticeably cooler airmass will settle in across the area and stick around for several days. Initially, this cooler air will be accompanied by lots of clouds, areas of fog (dense along the Blue Ridge), and some spotty light rain or drizzle from Saturday night through early Monday morning. As usual, areas right along the Blue Ridge will see the “worst” of the clouds, fog, and drizzle while areas to the east and west won’t be quite as bad. Overall, though, a gray end to the weekend for most.

Early next week, a tropical disturbance (currently located very near the Dominican Republic) is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm or hurricane off the Southeast Coast. Until the system gets better organized, we can’t say with confidence where it will go. However, the latest forecast guidance keeps it just offshore next week. Why this is important is that the system may actually help keep the wedge of cooler air in place across western NC/SW VA a bit longer. At the same time, dry air working in should allow for decreasing clouds on Monday with very nice, seasonable weather for the middle of next week. The next front approaches late next week with a few showers and storms returning.


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