We will feel the effects of a ridiculously strong, early-week, New England snowstorm in two parts: (1)spotty rain and then (2)wind and cold. That's not even mentioning *possible* accumulating snow in the NC high-country... no kidding. What strikes me is that this is one of the strongest storms I have ever seen on forecast models and the trends today have been for a significantly stronger storm-system crawling along the eastern seaboard Sunday and Monday. For us, he side-effects (COLD/freeze potential) could bring devastating conditions to what's left of the Western NC apple crop (or any other crop I may be missing). This is unfortunate news, but news nonetheless.
Importantly, the Upstate/NE Georgia will AVOID a freeze as temperatures dip into the middle-upper 30s early Tuesday. The first of a complex forecast will begin with rain. Occasional, scattered rain will fall across our area overnight with the best chance for rain in the Upstate and NE Georgia. Temperatures slowly cool into the 50s by early Sunday. Sunday will turn breezy and much cooler under a cloudy sky. Along with the clouds, we'll have scattered, mainly morning showers with lesser chances for rain by the afternoon (except for WNC where spotty rain may be more widespread). (1) The biggest story late Sunday and early Monday will be gusty winds and much cooler temperatures. Highs won't get past the low-middle 60s for the Upstate and upper 50s to 60 in Western NC. Early Monday will be down-right COLD for late April! Along with northwest winds in the 15-35mph range, lows will sink into the 40s for Upstate towns with 30s in Western NC. (2) Another story will be low wind chill numbers. Wind chills will be very low for late-April standards early Monday... we're talking wind chills in the 20s in Western NC and upper 20s to low 30s in the Upstate/NE Georgia! (3) Also, as the winds pick up, snow-streamers/bands will develop in the NC high-country. As of the latest information I have looked at tonight, it is looking increasingly likely that we will have snow showers come down in the high elevations of Western NC and these could be prolonged snow showers on Monday). This probably sounds ridiculous, but it looks like it may happen. At this time, I wouldn't say accumulations are all that likely outside of a dusting-2" on grassy surfaces or table-tops (hopefully). But, more may accumulate if the snow is sustained through the day on Monday.
**Also, wouldn't surprise me to see the National Weather Service issue a Winter Weather Advisory for the typical counties up high.
(4) Once the winds die down and scattered snow stops, the focus will shift to a potential for frost across the Upstate (no freeze for Upstate) early Tuesday. The bad news is that a freeze is likely across Western NC early Tuesday. This rare storm should make an interesting few days around here.
**We'll hope temperatures stay out of the upper 20s in Western NC early Tuesday eliminating a disastrous freeze.