Lows Saturday: A cold air mass settled across our area last night causing some 20-degree readings this morning with even some teens in Western NC. The following are low-temperature observations from across the Western Carolinas:
18° - Franklin
24° - Greenwood
25° - Anderson
25° - Asheville
26° - Rutherfordton
26° - GSP Airport
Rain Overnight for SC / Light Freezing Rain for Western NC: While some rain (mainly light) moves in overnight for Upstate and NE Georgia towns, a light coating of freezing rain is possible in some towns and communities in Western NC while other NC areas get only rain. Any coating of freezing rain that occurs shouldn't be extended or too problematic because temperatures won't consistently be below 32°. There will be some places drop to around 31° or 32°, but those places will warm to 33° at times. Still, watch out for a thin coating of ice on bridges and possibly some back roads in the mountains of NC early tomorrow morning.
Sun Back Temporarily: After this weak low pressure system moves east of us tomorrow morning, sunshine will return tomorrow afternoon as temperatures slowly climb into the low-middle 50s for Upstate towns.
By Monday, a sunny sky will return after a cold morning. Highs Monday afternoon will only reach the low 50s for Upstate towns with upper 40s in Western NC.
Cloudy & Cool Most of the Week: Clouds and an east/northeasterly breeze will be the dominant feature determining conditions outside for us next week. A new system will approach from Texas on Tuesday night and spread a plentiful, mid-level flow of moisture in our direction which will translate into clouds for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The wedge of cool air will clash with this moisture from the southwest producing a cool rain at times all three days.
Temperatures on Wednesday through Friday will remain in the 40s and low 50s for most towns with some slightly higher numbers possible down south toward Greenwood and Abbeville.
Importantly, it looks as if the warm weather will be delayed. We will stay close enough to a southeast ridge that warm air will likely win out by next weekend. But, due to the cool easterly/northeasterly surface flow, there won't be much warm air to enjoy around here until around the 12th/13th of January.