Quiet Friday....cooler this weekend....

>> Friday, December 09, 2011

An area of low pressure is forming offshore today and will spread some rain into coastal parts of the region. However, that will remain well east of most Piedmont locations. We have some mid and high level clouds out there ahead of our next cold front with highs today in the 50s.

That cold front will pass through in dry fashion tonight, and the weekend will feature lots of sun with fairly cool temperatures. Highs tomorrow will be in the lower 50s...some upper 40s in some spots....and then I think most Piedmont spots will be in the 40s Sunday.

Another big trough digs in our west early next week, and again, the forecast challenge for next week will be how and when that energy moves from the western US into eastern parts of the country. At the moment, I think out next best chance of rain will be from late Thursday into Friday, but the timing is certainly subject to change.

Snow fans getting concerned....

First of all, it's just mid-December. Typically, this region has most of it's snowfall in January and February. Second of all, I don't think it is time yet to throw in the towel for wintry weather chances for the month of December yet. Let's see how the pattern shakes out for the second half of the month.


Much cooler...

>> Thursday, December 08, 2011

Above is today's edition of the Carolina Weather Video....give it a look!

With our previous storm system out of the way, much colder air has settled on into the region. In fact, as I am typing this, a lot of temps this morning are a solid 30 degrees colder than they were at this point yesterday morning.

Highs today will top out in the upper 40s and lower 50s across much of the region under a sunny sky.

A reinforcing shot of colder air will arrive for the weekend with 40s for highs and 20s for lows.

Another complicated forecast next week as we try to time when and how energy out west will eject eastward. See the video for more.....


Storm system moving through today...much colder air to follow...

>> Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A wet Wednesday forecast is on tap across our region with showers at times accompanying an area of low pressure. The steadiest and heaviest rain will be this afternoon, and the farther north and west you go in the region, the heavier the rain totals should be.

A few storms are possible, but the severe weather threat is low.

On the colder side of the system, snow is flying as I type in western Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. For the second time in as many weeks, snow will be on the ground later today in the Tennessee Valley. Very impressive for this early in the season.

The rain will kick over to a fairly heavy, wet snow in the mountains this afternoon, and several inches of snow seem likely in many mountain locations.

Much colder air arrives tonight, and then we will see a reinforcing shot of cold air arrive for the weekend. Highs this weekend will largely be in the 40s.


Mild, dreary conditions...

>> Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The weather will remain damp through tomorrow. Today and tonight will feature occasional showers with continued mild conditions. Highs will be well into the 60s today....even some 70s again the closer you get to the Sandhills and I-95. Lows will only drop down fairly close to 60 tonight.

Tomorrow will be a day with highs occurring during the morning with falling afternoon temps. As an area of low pressure strengthens as it moves through the area, our heaviest period of rain should be tomorrow afternoon and evening.

As the colder air takes over, the rain will kick over to a period of fairly heavy, wet snow up in the mountains, and several inches seem likely in many spots.

It will turn sharply colder behind that departing system with highs only in the upper 40s and lower 50s Thursday. An even colder blast of air arrives for the weekend with Piedmont highs only in the 40s and lows well down into the 20s.

For those wondering, I still don't see any really good winter weather chances outside of the mountains. However, we remain in a fairly chaotic pattern, and it is possible that we could continue to see unforeseen systems pop up relatively close to their arrival.


Slow-moving system gradually approaching...

>> Monday, December 05, 2011

As mentioned in the discussion and videos last week, the system to impact the region this week is a slow-mover and will play a role in our weather through mid-week.

Today, tonight, and tomorrow, look for lots of clouds with some showers at times. Then we will get the brunt of the system to swing through Wednesday and maybe Wednesday night. At that point, we will see our heaviest rain, and as the system begins to pull away, a few inches of snow are quite possible up in the mountains.

It will be cooler following the system Thursday and Friday and then much colder for the weekend. In fact, Piedmont weekend highs look to be in the 40s with lows in the 20s.


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