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Waynesville , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, January 21, 2019 at 12:30PM


We’re at the low point of the winter-to-date with respect to temperatures. With full sunshine, temperatures will only reach the 30s in the mountain valleys. Tuesday will continue under mostly sunny skies, but with temperatures not quite as cold (but still well below normal). Another soaking rain event returns for Wednesday, however, there is a risk of the precipitation starting briefly as a wintry/icy mix late Tuesday night or first thing Wednesday.

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Hi: 32 Lo: 10

Clear but quite cold for MLK Day; NW wind 10-20 mph & gusty, diminishing

Hi: 39 Lo: 30

Lots of sunshine; Increasing cloudiness late; Perhaps some light freezing rain or sleet by daybreak Wednesday; SE wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 52 Lo: 40

Cloudy with rain, steadiest/heaviest PM; South wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 42 Lo: 23

Early rain perhaps ending as snow flurries; Becoming partly cloudy, windy & colder

Hi: 37 Lo: 16

Mostly clear, but cold

Further Out

Saturday - Mostly sunny & quite cold; Becoming partly cloudy Saturday night; High in the mid 30s; Low near 20 degrees
Sunday - Mostly cloudy with a chance for light snow or flurries; High in the upper 30s; Low in the lower 20s

Forecast Discussion

Arctic high pressure is sliding by to our north today. It’s responsible for the single-digit start to the day. The coldest spot that we could find was 8 degrees below zero at the Sugar Mountain summit. Now that's cold!

Skies are sunny today and it will be clear tonight with a continuation of very cold temperatures. Valleys will be coldest tonight, with plenty of 10 to 15-degree readings in the sheltered holes.

Tuesday won’t be quite as cold, however, temperatures will still be several degrees below normal for late-January. Clouds will be on the increase late in the day as the next storm system takes shape over the central part of the United States. A problem arises late Tuesday night and early Wednesday as moisture arrives with pre-existing cold, dry air in place. The threat exists for a quick period of wintry mix at onset before going over to all rain during Wednesday. We expect another rainfall event of an inch plus from this system.

Behind the front, cold air invades again early Thursday with rain maybe ending as snow flurries. Dry but cold weather concludes the workweek.

Cold weather is here to stay through the weekend. In fact, another weather-maker could bring a threat of snow by the end of next weekend, although details are extremely fuzzy at this time range.


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