Good morning and HAPPY Halloween! It's going to be a chilly night for Trick-or-Treating, so if the kids have short-sleeved or sleeveless costumes you will need to incorporate some turtlenecks, sweatshirts or jackets into the ensemble. "Grown-ups," you'll also want to bundle up before you head out tonight - temperatures will be very chilly this evening!
You can see our forecast for "Candy Grabbin' Time" (great phrase I had to borrow from Kendra, ha!) at right. Keep in mind that the forecast temperatures for WNC will be cooler than these Upstate numbers. At 5 PM, temperatures will likely be in the 40s in WNC - and by 9 PM most of that area will have dropped into the 30s.
Snow showers are still falling in a few areas near the TN border, but the intensity and coverage of those WNC snow showers have already decreased significantly. Snow will taper off through the remainder of the morning, wrapping up by lunchtime (perhaps as a mix of raindrops and snowflakes by that point). While I don't expect any additional accumulations (anything we see should be less than an inch), Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect through noon for those TN border counties. In these counties, black ice and slick roadways could be an issue, especially in high-elevation areas.
In the Upstate, we'll stay mostly sunny and dry today. Winds will be a bit breezy at times (10-15 mph out of the west), which will enhance the fire danger again today. Upstate highs will rise to near 60 degrees this afternoon - still about ten degrees below-normal. In the Mountains, once the snow wraps up the clouds will begin to decrease through the PM hours. Winds will be breezy through WNC, with speeds of 10-20 mph out of the NW. Highs will only be around 50 degrees, over ten degrees below-normal for this time of year.
VERY COLD temperatures are coming tonight, as Upstate areas will drop into the mid 30s and WNC lows will drop to around 30 degrees. Frost Advisories have already been posted for parts of the area (I should note that after tonight the growing season will be over for the Mountains of NE GA, WNC and the Upstate so no more Frost Advisories/Freeze Warnings will be issued for those areas)... and we'll be concerned about the potential for re-freeze and black ice on WNC roadways. That means there will again be the potential for slick roads in the Mountains tomorrow morning - and in some parts of the area, you may need to take a few minutes to defrost your car windshield!
Have a great, safe Halloween!