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Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:49PM

Wind Trouble, Some Snow

There will be some snow tonight but that is a secondary story line behind the wind. Some locations still have plenty of ice on trees and that's a real problem. A sustained northwest wind of 15-25 mph, gusting to 50 mph starts to pick-up around 8pm, becoming more pronounced by 9pm and continues all night. The potential for downed trees, tree limbs, and power outages in those areas is very good.

In terms of snow we're talking a dusting to 1" and it begins this evening, potentially as a very brief wintry mix. Sunshine and considerably milder temperatures return Friday, but it stays blustery. The weekend is quite nice!

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Sunny
Pleasant, Low 50s
NW wind 5-15 mph
Thursday

Hi: 34 Lo: 24

Cloudy; Brief wintry mix to snow showers developing; Wind becoming NW 15-25 mph, gusts to 50
Friday

Hi: 45 Lo: 30

Early clouds with lingering flurries; More afternoon sun; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusts to 40 mph
Saturday

Hi: 52 Lo: 32

Sunny; Nicest day of the week; SW wind 5-10 mph
Sunday

Hi: 50 Lo: 35

Mostly sunny; A tad cooler
Monday

Hi: 47 Lo: 30

Partly sunny; Sprinkles possible; Cooler

Further Out

Tuesday - Mostly sunny; Comfortably cool; High in the mid 40s; Low in the upper 20s
Wednesday - Lots of sunshine; Nice travel heading into Thanksgiving; High in the mid 40s; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

First and foremost, our primary concern tonight is the wind. It will start to pick up around 8pm and gains significant momentum closer to midnight. Sustained speeds of 15-25 mph and gusts to 50 mph are likely. Locations that still have a solid of glaze of ice on trees including, but not limited to higher elevations, and along the Blue Ridge could experience more than their fair share of downed trees or power outages. Locations where ice melted are not as much of a concern.

As an upper level low passes just to our north tonight a quick cold blast brings more frozen precipitation. It may begin as a wintry mix this evening before quickly transitioning to snow showers. It's not much, but a dusting to 1" falls tonight and early Friday morning. The higher, westward facing slopes will be on the top end. After a few flurries clouds decrease quickly Friday morning followed by ample afternoon sunshine and near seasonal temperatures, but it will be blustery.

The weekend through at least the first half of next week is rather benign. We could stand a dry and boring spell :-). Saturday is the "warmest" of the set. An uneventful cold front moves through Monday with a few sprinkles possible. Otherwise, good travel weather continues through Thanksgiving Day.

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