What is Normal These Days?: It's a valid question. After the (1) beyond-strange winter we had (hardly any snow for any towns around here including Western NC), (2) an anomalous March weather pattern responsible for us reaching the 80s on numerous days making it feel more like May in late-winter... and now (3) a couple of late season cold snaps responsible for ruining some (if not all) of the Western NC apple crop, it's safe to say that weird things are happening. This whole ruined apple crop situation has me a bit ticked off I have to admit. Those Western NC apples are quite a treat in the fall!
Looking at the sequence of events from December through March as a whole, we could call it abnormal, but are the unusual swings in our weather pattern becoming the new "norm?" Time will tell, I guess. I just find this to be yet another reason to avoid using terms like "average" or "normal" when it comes to our weather in the Western Carolinas.
Snow Showers in North Carolina: A Winter Weather Advisory hasn't been posted, but light coatings of snow had already happened in places before sunrise causing a few school delays. Snow picked up around 8AM to 11AM (images on the right-side of page) across northern Swain, northern Haywood, and into a few isolated sports in Madison, Yancey and Mitchell counties. By far the heaviest snow late this morning has been over into northern Swain and Haywood. Some back roads and side roads may continue to see off/on dustings of snow with melting in between periods of snow (due to warm ground temperatures). The snow photo you see listed on the right is from Local Yokel Weather's facebook page (Jackson Co, NC area). The quote used on LYW page was "spring flowers bring snow showers." Correct! The picture was taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Freeze Warning for NC / Upstate Frost: As high winds relax tonight, area temperatures will drop like a rock. Overnight and early morning lows will range from 36°-39° for Upstate and NE Georgia towns while Western NC towns can expect a range of temperatures from 28°-33°. Frost is likely for the Upstate while a freeze is likely for Western North Carolina towns. At least we won't have anything more than a light breeze tomorrow morning, but you'll obviously need the jackets for the second consecutive day.
Warming Mid-Week: Sunshine and a change in wind direction will be good news for those of you who want a return to warmer temperatures. Tuesday's highs will climb into the middle-upper 60s for the Upstate with low 60s in Western NC. Wednesday will be even nicer with 70s for highs. Then, by the weekend, we'll be back in the 80s and it will feel like summer is here. Yep, a wild swing back to warm and humid by the weekend.
Are you surprised by this? I'm not.