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NWS Special Weather Statement (Watauga County)

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Powder Horn Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 6:30AM

Sunshine Returns & Warmer

Early low cloudiness and fog will yield to partly sunny skies today and it will be warmer than recent days, courtesy of the increased sunshine. Sunday and Monday feature more of the same. An isolated pop-up shower will be possible during the afternoons. A more significant rainfall episode arrives for Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday, followed by another noteworthy cooldown.


Hi: 78 Lo: 59

Early clouds/fog; Becoming partly sunny with a warmer afternoon; Light & variable wind

Hi: 78 Lo: 61

Partly sunny; Cannot rule out a passing shower; Light south wind

Hi: 77 Lo: 62

Partly sunny; Maybe a passing PM shower; South wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 73 Lo: 55

Mostly cloudy; Rain arriving PM & perhaps a thundershower

Hi: 69 Lo: 50

Cloudy; Periods of rain; Much cooler

Further Out

Thursday - Morning cloudiness; Becoming mostly sunny & cool; High in the upper 60s; Low in the mid 40s
Friday - Plenty of sunshine; Feeling like fall; High in the lower 60s; Low in the lower 40s

Forecast Discussion

Some leftover early clouds/fog will break up, leading to a partly sunny and warmer afternoon across the High Country. With weak high pressure in control through early next week, Sunday and Monday feature similar weather, albeit with a small chance for an afternoon shower both days.

The big weather story will be the arrival of a strong fall cold front on Tuesday. The front will decelerate as it crosses the mountains, with wave-action along the front into midweek. We expect increasing coverage of rainfall along and immediately behind the front, starting for Tuesday afternoon and lasting through a good part of Wednesday.

Once the front and associated waves of low-pressure exit the Southeast, we anticipate another autumnal air mass to overspread the region for Thursday and beyond. This will send temperatures back below normal for a while, as we enjoy plenty of sunshine.


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