Rain and Snow Coming to North Carolina
A strong cold front that is producing blizzard conditions from Colorado to Wisconsin will move into the Triad on Thursday. As the cold front approaches clouds will increasing through Thursday morning. A band of scattered showers containing embedded pockets of heavy rain and gusty winds will begin to move through the mountains and into the western Piedmont through the second half of the afternoon. The rain and isolated thunderstorms will likely arrive in the Triad a little before sunset. The stronger storms within the larger band of scattered showers could produce damaging winds and brief heavy downpours.
The rain will move from west to east and begin to come to an end around 10pm as the cold front sweeps through. Once the cold front moves east of the Triad much colder air will spill into the Triad.
The rush of cold air in the wake of the passing cold front will produce gusty, non-thunderstorm winds up to 40 mph in the Triad and up to 60 mph in the mountains. As a result a High Wind Watch has been issued for the foothills and mountains communities through Saturday morning. Power outages will be possible in the high country through Friday night.
Temperatures will proceed to plummet through the day on Friday as high temperatures struggle to climb out of the middle 40s. The stream of cold air will continue into Friday night when low temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-upper 20s with wind chill values in the teens.
The wind will subside through the weekend, but temperatures will remain relatively cool. High temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will be in the upper 40s with low temperatures in the upper 20s.
From Friday through the weekend snow is expected in the North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia Mountains. Accumulations will range from 1-3 inches in the NC Mountains, but parts of eastern West Virginia are already under a Winter Storm Watch where snow totals through Saturday could amount to 10 inches.
If you’re going to be traveling north through the mountains on Friday or Saturday make sure to plan on taking a little more time than normal to get to where you are going. Also, if any of you do find yourself in some of the snow share your pictures with me on Facebook or twitter!