Brrr! It's a COLD morning - so bundle up! Temperatures are starting off in the 30s and 20s for most of the area, and breezy winds in the Upstate are making it feel even colder. Most Upstate spots are in the upper 30s, with wind chill values around the low 30s. Grab the jacket and hat - and keep your coat on through the day.
We'll start off with more sunshine, but clouds will be on the increase as we go through the day. By mid and late-afternoon, I expect most of the area will be mostly cloudy. Breezy northeast winds will keep temperatures cool through the day, with highs only rising into the low 50s in the Upstate and WNC locations (winds will be less of an issue in the Mountains, however).
And area of low pressure moving through the region will provide the chance of rain later this evening and overnight. As Kendra said, the rain will have trouble reaching the ground at first due to the dry air in place. But, by 8 PM southern Upstate spots will begin to see light rain - with rain showers working northward through the later-evening and overnight hours.
Rain showers will continue through the early part of Thursday, with lows dropping into the mid to upper 30s. Almost the entire area will see ONLY RAIN early Thursday - but our far northern NC counties could be an exception. Valley locations of Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties could see some freezing rain - leading to some icy spots. Keep that in mind if you live in those areas and will be traveling early tomorrow morning.
Rain will begin to taper off Thursday afternoon, but cloudy skies and chilly temperatures will remain. Upstate and WNC highs will only be around 50 degrees, and while we'll warm a bit for the end of the week and weekend, highs will remain several degrees below-normal. The models are backing off our chance of rain Saturday and Sunday as a low pressure system develops off the Southeast Coast - and in good news for the Northeast, the models are also keeping the low further off-shore than in previous runs.