Happy Black Friday - hopefully you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and either a great morning shopping OR a nice time sleeping in! We have one more mild day in the forecast, so if you're going to head to the stores to catch some deals this afternoon, you won't have to be too bundled up! But... if you're going out on Saturday or Sunday, be prepared for a much different temperature story. Here's the forecast breakdown:
TODAY: Upstate areas will stay dry and warm, with highs rising into the upper 60s (near 70 degrees) by mid-afternoon. Much of the day will be mostly sunny, with a few extra clouds possible during the late-afternoon and evening as a cold front passes. Winds will be breezy, out of the west at 8-13 mph.
In the Mountains, highs will also be warm - rising into the mid 60s during the early/mid-afternoon. Expect partly cloudy sky cover through most of the day, with mostly cloudy skies taking over during the frontal passage (late-afternoon and evening). A few light rain showers/areas of drizzle will be out there during this time, but don't expect a lot of wet weather.
TONIGHT: Winds will relax area-wide, and temps will drop dramatically behind the front. Lows will dip into the 20s and 30s - and the high elevations of WNC (locations near the TN border) may see a few flurries. By sunrise I expect most of the area to be mainly clear.
SATURDAY: CHILLY temperatures will be the big story for the start of the weekend! Temps will drop 20 degrees in spots between Friday and Saturday - as highs for the start of the weekend will be in the mid 40s in WNC and the low 50s in the Upstate. We'll stay dry and sunny, so if you'd like to go find your Christmas tree, the weather will be cool and dry (perfect conditions to get in the holiday spirit!). If you're heading to Death Valley to cheer on Clemson or USC, be ready for cold temps - you can see the forecast at right.
SUNDAY: The morning hours will bring the coldest temperatures of the week, as lows will be in the low 20s in the Mountains and the upper 20s in the Upstate. Temperatures will warm a bit, but will stay several degrees below-normal (highs will range from the low to mid 50s. We'll stay dry with sunny skies in the Upstate, NE GA and in WNC.
EARLY NEXT WEEK: Temperatures return to seasonal levels on Monday with a few extra clouds, but dry weather expected. On Tuesday, we'll see rain chances return to the area - there are still plenty of model differences at this point, though, so stay tuned as time gets closer for more updates on that forecast.