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Sunny & Mild Days Ahead

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Good morning!  We'll be talking about more warmth in the forecast today and tomorrow, especially in the Upstate.

While much of the area is already dry, we've seen a few spotty rain showers (and high-elevation snow flurries) in WNC.  Those will come to an end by 9 or 10 AM.  There is more cloud cover overhead now in both the Upstate and WNC, but those clouds will clear out through the next few hours, giving way to mostly sunny skies by mid and late-morning.  We'll keep the sunshine in charge during the afternoon.

Winds will be breezy today behind the cold front.  With a NW direction (10-15 mph), the Mountains will stay cooler - and highs there will be close to normal.  In Asheville, I'm expecting a high of 53 degrees.  The Upstate wind direction will be westerly (6-12 mph)... and these downsloping winds will keep us from cooling off behind the front.  In actuality, we'll be about ten degrees above-normal - rising into the mid 60s by mid-afternoon.

Overnight lows will be cold - in the 20s and 30s - but tomorrow will be another warm day!  Upstate highs will top out in the upper 60s, while the Mountains will warm all the way into the mid 60s.  We'll stay sunny and winds won't be as breezy.

A stronger cold front moves through on Thursday, bringing a good shot of rain to all.  While the Upstate will see rain end by Thursday evening, upslope snow showers will develop in WNC along the TN border.  Those snow showers will continue into Friday morning, with accumulations possible (generally 2" or less).  The big story will be the "feel" of our Friday, as it will be a gusty, chilly day.  Upstate highs will only reach 50 degrees on Friday, while WNC highs won't warm beyond the low 40s.

We'll stay dry through the upcoming weekend, so it looks good for any travel plans you may have.  While it's still in the extended-range, Christmas Eve looks dry.  Some rain may work in for Christmas... but we'll watch that forecast and make adjustments as it gets closer.


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