Heads up! More rain heading our way, followed by the coldest air of the season!
It has been very dry around parts of Western North Carolina over the fall season. Earlier this week we saw our first measurable rainfall in some 50 days. Many parts of the area saw between 1-3" of rain! It helped with our drought conditions, but was nowhere near pulling us out of it.
As we look toward the end of the weekend into early next week we see another opportunity to get some beneficial rainfall. The jet stream has finally dipped south and that is allowing ample gulf moisture to stream into our area. Rain could start as early as Sunday evening and last through midweek! This won't be a solid day of rain, but it will come in waves. The weekly outlook of precipitation for Western North Carolina and the Upstate is anywhere between 1-4" of rain. The heaviest of the rain looks to remain in East Tennessee, Northern Georgia, and Northern Alabama. The first graphic you will see is the Weather Prediction Center outlook.
Then the next weather maker will be a blast of cold arctic air that will surge across much of the United States. This air has been bottled up across Eurasia and is set to finally make its appearance in the United States. The Climate Prediction Center shows temps to stay below normal for a few weeks!
The Carolinas could see temps not make it out of the 30's next Friday, with lows possibly in the teens. This cold air looks to stick around for a while. Temps won't remain in the 30's every day as highs.
So, we have a real surge of cold arctic air that will be over us for a while, and southerly storm track that has finally woken up. Now the question is, can we get the cold air and the precip to sync up? The answer is, we will have to see!
Have a wonderful weekend, and get ready for another round of beneficial rainfall!
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