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Cloudy and chilly ahead of big rain-maker

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Chilly and cloudy today, with highs in the mid-50s Upstate and low 50s in the mountains. A strong breeze will build in from the south.

With the exception of a few sprinkles, the afternoon will be dry before our much-advertised cold front moves in from the west. By late tonight, rain will settle in  and continue through the early morning commute on Tuesday.  

A High Wind Advisory is in place for most of our mountain counties until 7am Tuesday, with expected gusts up to 50 mph at times. Downed trees could pose a problem.

The heaviest rain Tuesday will happen before lunchtime, followed by clouds and a light shower or two in the afternoon. Highs reach back up to the low and mid-60s area-wide.

Wednesday will bring another surge of heavy moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico. The heaviest rain is expected to begin moving in during the early morning commute, and lasting at least through lunchtime. Crews are on alert in North Carolina for possible mudslides, since a lot of ground burned away underbrush that could handle the heavy rain.

When all is said and done most places could get anywhere from 1-4 inches of rain which is exactly what we need to help extinguish the wildfires and do some major work on our rain deficit. 

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