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Pleasant Presidents Day

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Good morning!  I hope you had a great weekend and you enjoyed the quick burst of snowfall.  If you have the day off in celebration of Presidents Day, you're in luck!  It's going to be a nice, quiet day with near-normal highs.

We are off to a VERY cold start, however - thermometer readings are well into the teens and 20s to start the day.  Some patchy black ice is possible in the Northern Mountains of our WNC territory, particularly on bridges and overpasses, so be aware of that threat through the morning.  By lunchtime, temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s, with afternoon highs ranging from the low 50s (Mountains) to the mid 50s (Upstate/NE GA).  The sunshine will make it feel comfortable, too.

Clouds will begin to increase late-day, with a cold front approaching overnight.  We'll begin to see precipitation arrive after midnight, so during the sleeping hours.  For the majority of the area, this will be a rain event; however, there are a few locations that will begin with a wintry mix.

Parts of SW NC will see precipitation start as snow, sleet and freezing rain through the early morning hours of Tuesday.  A light accumulation of snow (under 2") is possible, along with a very light glaze of ice.  The timing could cause some slick spots, as the precipitation will be mixed during the time many of you will be hitting the roads to head back to work and school.  It won't be a long-lasting problem, though - the precip will change over to all rain for SW NC by mid-morning.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect from midnight until 10 AM Tuesday for the counties shaded in purple (image at right).  Areas outside of the advisory (NW corner of the Upstate, mountains of NE GA, other WNC towns) could see a bit of wintry precip mixing in, but there won't be any accumulations and any slick spots would be isolated.

Rain should wrap-up by early/mid-afternoon Tuesday, with a dry forecast on Wednesday.  The next round of rain arrives late Thursday and Friday, with some moderate to heavy rainfall possible at times.

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