Good morning - hopefully you were able to get outside over the weekend to enjoy the FANTASTIC weather that we had. It was spectacular on Saturday (perfect for a meteorologist's birthday, haha), and despite a few more clouds, was still very comfortable on Sunday. While temperatures will stay mild today, we'll also reintroduce mostly cloudy sky cover and the chance of rain.
Through the rest of the morning and the early/mid-afternoon, watch for a few spotty, light rain showers and areas of drizzle. We won't see anything too heavy, but I'd keep an umbrella nearby in case one of those showers is overhead as you're leaving your home or car. A cold front will cross the area later today and tonight, bringing better rain chances. During this time, we'll see steady, light-to-moderate rain falling across the area. This could begin as early as 5 PM in our far western spots - while most of the area will hold off on the steady rain until 8 PM or later.
Rain showers will continue through the overnight and morning hours of Tuesday. While a rumble of thunder is possible, it's unlikely that we see any strong or severe storms locally. Showers will wrap up by lunchtime on Tuesday, with clearing skies taking over for tomorrow afternoon.
Highs will stay mild today, reaching the mid to upper 60s across the area. Winds out of the south will be breezy through WNC - and may be especially gusty on the highest ridge tops (wind gusts of 40+ mph have been noted this morning on the highest peaks). Behind the front on Tuesday, highs will fall into the 50s - upper 50s in the Upstate, low 50s in the Mountains.
We'll watch for small rain chances mid-week, with cooler temperatures lingering on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will be dry, with highs ranging from the mid 50s to low 60s. The weekend brings the development of another East Coast storm - and this is something we'll be watching closely through the week, as the models come into more agreement/certainty. For now, we'll keep a slight chance of rain in our weekend forecast - with the heavier precipitation focused on the coast.