Chilly Tonight and Early Friday: Temperatures will fall back into the jacket and long-sleeve range this evening with 40s and 50s expected. The same goes for tonight as lows will sink into the 30s area-wide and that's where we'll start Friday. Under a clear sky, the sun will slowly make some progress in getting temperatures into the 40s and 50s by mid-morning.
Sunshine Stays: The focus of Friday and Saturday will be the beautiful weather we have as sun remains a focal point in warming temperatures steadily each day. Friday's highs will range from low 60s in Western NC to upper 60s in Upstate towns. Then, by Saturday, we expect temperatures to go past 70° across the Upstate with middle 60s common across the Mountains. No rain will fall on Friday or Saturday.
Dry Through...: It looks as if the next rain-maker for us won't arrive until Tuesday of next week. At this point, that system doesn't look like it will bring much rain to our area, but that isn't unexpected for this time of year as we lack humidity in the air to fuel rain or storm development.
Blizzard Warning for My Cousin Stationed Out West: My cousin Dwight Wood and his wife Carissa are stationed on an Air Force Base out west in Great Falls, Montana. Ironically, this is the same Air Force Base where my grandfather was stationed and also where my father was born.
While some parts of the eastern warms up today and tomorrow under a warm, high pressure ridge, the western half of the United States will endure some ridiculously cold air and heavy snow. My cousin finds himself in the middle of the madness as a Blizzard Warning and Winter Storm Warning is posted for the Great Falls and surrounding area. Dwight and Carissa may have some fun times snow skiing this fall and winter in Montana! Here's a summary of the wild weather expected there through Saturday:
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO5 AM MST
SATURDAY...A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MSTSATURDAY.
A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 AM MST
* TIMING: SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS BY EARLY THURSDAY
MORNING...AND THEN EXPAND NORTH INTO THE LEWISTOWN AND FORT BENTON AREAS
BY LATE THURSDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED FOR AREAS
CLOSE TO GREAT FALLS, EAST OF FORT BENTON TO LEWISTOWN.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING
OF ONE TO TWO FEET ARE LIKELY IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH OVER 12 INCHES IN THE
* WINDS: EAST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE
BLIZZARD AREA. EAST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED
IN THE WINTER STORM AREA.
* VISIBILITY: VISIBILITIES WILL BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES
IN HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.
* IMPACTS: DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. THOSE SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR
RAPIDLY CHANGING AND SEVERE WINTER CONDITIONS.