Good morning! Thanksgiving is getting closer... I feel like I can already smell the turkey and fixins (maybe because I've been staring at all of the ingredients on the counter for a few days now)! If you haven't made the trip to the store just yet - don't worry about the weather (I can't say the same for the crowds)! We've got a very "easy-going" forecast as we head through the rest of the holiday week.
Today will be a lot like yesterday - especially when you consider sky cover. As upper-level low pressure systems slide across the area, we'll keep partly to mostly cloudy skies. The lack of moisture has me keeping the forecast dry, but it's possible that a raindrop or two makes it to the surface. With that said, you won't need the rain gear for that kind of wet weather possibility. Highs today will be mild, rising into the low to mid 60s area-wide (normal highs are 62 degrees at GSP, 58 degrees at AVL).
We'll keep partly cloudy skies overnight and through the day Wednesday. Of course, Wednesday is the HUGE travel day when a lot of folks will be hitting the roads - and the sky! Locally, we shouldn't see any travel issues whatsoever due to the weather. In fact, the national forecast is relatively quiet - the only area where you could see weather delays/problems is the northwestern U.S. (rain and snow is likely there). Highs will remain mild tomorrow here in the western Carolinas/NE GA - again reaching the low to mid 60s.
High pressure takes charge on Thanksgiving Day, and that will keep things totally benign on Turkey Day. Mostly sunny skies will be the norm across the area with very dry air in place. High temperatures will be several degrees above-normal - rising into the upper 60s in the Upstate and the mid 60s in the Mountains.
Those of you who are heading out VERY early Friday morning to shop will get "typical" temperatures for this time of year. Morning lows on Friday will be right along seasonal levels - in the low/mid 30s in WNC and the low 40s in the Upstate. By Friday afternoon, we'll be much milder (so dress in layers if you'll be spending all day shopping!) - with highs in the upper 60s in the Upstate and the low 60s in the Mountains.
Black Friday will stay dry throughout the Upstate - in fact, we'll have lots of sunshine so you won't have to shield your purchases from the rain! In the Mountains, I'd expect a few more clouds but you'll stay dry through the shopping hours. It won't be until Friday evening that we see an isolated shower chance in WNC - mainly in the northern counties like Mitchell, Yancey and Madison.
That rain chance comes as a cold front moves through - while it won't bring much wet weather, it will cool us off for the weekend. Highs will drop back into the low 50s in the Mountains and upper 50s/low 60s in the Upstate for the weekend, but at least skies stay sunny for folks hitting the roads and skies again Saturday or Sunday.