Good morning! We're off to another cool, crisp start to the day. On Tuesday, temperatures in some areas rose over 30 degrees from the morning to the afternoon - so we'll keep the "layer" theme going in your wardrobe forecast. Be sure to go with long sleeves this morning, as temperatures are starting off in the 40s and low 50s. By this afternoon, highs will be warmer than yesterday (and about ten degrees above-normal), in the low 80s in the Upstate and the upper 70s in WNC.
Watch for areas of patchy fog this morning - I've seen a few reports of some spotty fog in the Upstate (between Greer and Woodruff along 101), but I expect fog to be more of an issue for WNC locations. Use caution on the roads between now and 9 AM. Beyond that point, it's all about the sunshine, as mainly clear skies hold tough again today.
Temperatures will stay warm through the remainder of the week, and even into the start of the weekend. We'll remain dry on Thursday and Friday, while a cold front will bring SMALL rain chances over the weekend. The bigger impact of that front will be the cool-down it introduces for the end of the weekend and early part of next week. Upstate highs will drop into the low and mid 60s by then, while Mountain areas will be stuck in the mid 50s.
We are also watching the progress of Tropical Storm Sandy very closely. The storm is expected to become a hurricane as it moves north over Jamaica and Cuba. Then, most of the models keep Sandy off the coast of the U.S. However, as you read in Kendra's last post, the Euro model does show the storm riding along the coastline and strengthening as it moves northward. This could be a major issue for areas in the Northeast and New England, where heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding/erosion would be likely. To see the latest on Sandy, click here.
We also have Tropical Storm Tony out in the Atlantic, but this storm will be moving east and staying away from the United States. For info on Tony, click here.