TGIF! While we watch a potentially historic snowstorm evolve and affect parts of the Northeast and New England, things won't be nearly as active locally. We won't see any significant rain or snow today, but the strong pressure gradient this storm creates will bring some gusty winds to our area. I'll break down the local forecast below - but you can read the latest statement from the NWS on the blizzard here.
Upstate areas will see some spotty, light rain showers this morning, but the threat of rain will end by late-morning/lunchtime. The afternoon will bring decreasing clouds, so I expect we'll see some more peeks of sunshine by the late-day commute. Winds will be breezy (west 10-15 mph), with highs rising to around 60 degrees this afternoon.
In the Mountains, scattered light rain will fall this morning and into the early/mid-afternoon hours. The precip could wrap up as a few light flurries near the TN border late-day, but we won't see any significant or problematic snowfall. Highs will reach the low/mid 50s with clouds lingering through much of the day. The bigger story in WNC will be the strong winds that develop later today and continue overnight... as these winds will be strong enough to cause some downed trees/damage.
A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect for the McDowell Mountains, Yancey and Mitchell Counties from 4 PM today until 6 AM Saturday. Northwest winds 20-35 mph could gust as high as 60 mph.
A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for Buncombe, Henderson, Rutherford, Polk and Eastern McDowell Counties from 4 PM today until 6 AM Saturday. Northwest winds 15-30 mph could gust as high as 50 mph in these areas.
Winds will relax on Saturday with plenty of sunshine and comfortable temps. By late Sunday, the next round of rain moves in, and we'll stay soggy through the start of the new work and school week.