TGIF! We've reached the end of the week, and temperatures will finally warm back closer to normal by this afternoon. In the meantime, the morning hours are COLD - we've dipped into the 30s throughout most of the area, even near 30 degrees in the Mountains. Frost Advisories continue for non-mountain counties through 9 AM (the growing season has ended for mountain areas).
A few extra clouds this morning will give way to more sunshine by the afternoon. Temperatures will warm into the upper 60s in the Upstate, while WNC highs will rise to near 60 degrees. The breezy winds (that were finally absent on Thursday), will be back today. Expect sustained winds of 10-15 mph across the area (westerly in the Upstate, northwesterly in WNC) - but gusts between 20 and 30 mph are possible.
Because of the dry conditions, sunshine and gusty winds, a high fire danger will be present throughout the area today. The NWS has issued a FIRE DANGER STATEMENT for the following counties from noon today through this evening: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Greenwood, Laurens, Spartanburg, Union [SC] and Stephens, Franklin, Hart, Elbert [GA].
Tomorrow will stay on the quiet and mild side. Highs will be slightly warmer than today, with sunshine holding court in the Upstate. The Mountains will see increasing cloud cover and a VERY small shower chance late-day. By Sunday, a few hit-or-miss showers are possible. The best chance of rain holds off until early next week (Tuesday), and some models hint at that system strengthening as it moves up the East Coast. This wouldn't be a second-coming of Sandy, but I'm sure more rain and snow is the last thing they want to see as clean-up continues.