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NWS Dense Fog Advisory (Watauga County)

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Valle Crucis , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, February 19, 2018 at 5:03PM

Mildest Week Since October

Monday had a transient cool wedge which allowed for some breaks in the clouds and milder temperatures for most locations. However, along the Blue Ridge it remained cloudy, drizzly, and considerably cooler. Clouds hang tough tonight area-wide and drizzle continues near the Blue Ridge. The week is dominated by high pressure anchored in the Western Atlantic, extending into the Southeast U. S. promoting considerable warmth. A front to our west/north gets close enough give us scattered to spotty showers Wednesday and Thursday.

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Monday

Hi: 66 Lo: 49

Cloudy; Patchy fog; Blue Ridge drizzle; Light South wind, but gusty at higher elev's
Tuesday

Hi: 65 Lo: 50

Mostly cloudy with patchy fog; Unseasonably mild; Cannot rule out some drizzle near the Blue Ridge; South wind 5-15 mph
Wednesday

Hi: 66 Lo: 52

Generally cloudy with patchy fog; A few periods of light rain; Mild temperatures; Light South wind
Thursday

Hi: 67 Lo: 50

Generally cloudy with patchy fog; Periods of light rain through evening; Unseasonably mild
Friday

Hi: 64 Lo: 49

Mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a stray shower

Further Out

Saturday - Mostly cloudy; Scattered mostly PM showers; High in the mid 60s; Low in the upper 40s
Sunday - Mostly cloudy; Scattered, mostly light showers; High in the mid 60s; Low in the mid 40s

Forecast Discussion

Clouds fill-in tonight for locations that had some sunny breaks Monday afternoon. Fog and drizzle return, or in some cases persist, along the Blue Ridge once the sun goes down.

Beginning Tuesday the weather story is an abnormally strong high pressure anchored in the Atlantic extending into the Southeast. It's the winter version of a Bermuda High. In summer, that means hot/muggy; in the winter, it means unseasonably mild with lots of clouds and some Blue Ridge fog.

Tuesday is noticeably warmer. A front stalled to our west/north gets close enough to produce a few showers Wednesday and Thursday. Friday the Atlantic high flexes forcing that front farther north resulting in a dry day. Drier continues into Saturday, but the front makes another attempt eastward this weekend raising the potential for showers again late Saturday into Sunday. Unseasonably mild weather rules through the weekend.

Before you take coats to the dry cleaners and store them in the upstairs closet til next winter... The weather pattern will flip back to colder in early March.

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