Good morning - hopefully your last morning of 2012 is going great! If you're preparing to head out this evening for any dinner plans or parties, there's good news - we'll stay dry. However, if you have any plans to be outdoors tomorrow, it's a whole different story, as it will be a dreary, wet start to the New Year. Here's the forecast breakdown:
TODAY: Clouds will be on the increase, so you can expect partly to mostly cloudy skies to be the norm through the day. We will stay dry, so you won't need an umbrella this morning or afternoon. Highs will be near-normal, rising into the low to mid 50s this afternoon.
MIDNIGHT (2013!): While there's a SMALL chance of a spotty shower, most spots will be totally dry. Mostly cloudy skies will be the norm, with temperatures ranging from the upper 30s in the Mountains to the low 40s in the Upstate.
JANUARY 1ST (TUESDAY): Rain showers begin to overspread the area during the morning hours, with most spots seeing rainfall by late-AM/lunchtime. The precipitation could start as a BRIEF period of wintry mix in the Mountains, but that will quickly change over to all liquid - so I don't think we'll have any road problems in the Northern Mountains of WNC. We'll keep the rain area-wide during the afternoon and evening... so it's going to be a gloomy, soggy start to the New Year. It'll be a perfect day to relax and recuperate after your celebrations... or start cleaning up the decorations inside. Rainfall totals of 1/2 - 3/4 inch are likely, with a few spots possibly getting as much as an inch. Temperatures will be in the low 50s in the Upstate and mid 40s in the Mountains.
We'll keep the clouds around on Wednesday, with a spotty shower possible (perhaps a bit of wintry precip in the Mountains). Another system will bring higher precipitation chances on Thursday. Andy touched on this system and it's wintry potential in his last post. As of this morning, it appears that the Upstate will see a rain event, while the Mountains could see a wintry mix. With that said, there is still a lot of model disagreement this morning, so we'll continue to watch that closely as we get closer.
Have a fantastic end to 2012 - and Happy New Year! See you again on the blog in 2013!