Sunshine Now, Rain Returns Later

Temperatures will remain 5-10° below average to close out the week.

The tug-of-war game the sunshine and rain have been playing for the better part of the past week takes a turn for the bright side for a brief, shining moment, but a wet mess returns to center stage by Friday. Regardless of what the skies will look like for the next few days, temperatures will remain on the chilly side, about 5-10° below normal for this time of year. High pressure has set up over the Carolinas on the backside of the rainmaking system that moved through on Tuesday, bringing us abundant sunshine for now. This stable system will slowly trudge up to the north, allowing for cold northerly air to filter in on Thursday and Friday. It will be a struggle for many of us to get out of the 40s for your Thursday afternoon.

Things take a turn for the worse on Friday, as yet another rainmaking system moves in from the Gulf, as temperatures dip even further into the lower 40s and upper 30s. While there is some wintry potential for areas that are both north of I-40 and east of I-77, it should mainly be limited to freezing rain and isolated sleet pellets. This Gulf system will likely be bringing lots of upper-level warm air into our area, which will likely eliminate the possibility for snow for areas under 3500 feet. From the afternoon onwards, expect a cold rain into Saturday morning.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Frigid. Low: 30°. Wind: NE 5-10.

Thursday: Cold sunshine. High: 48°. Wind: NE 5-15.

Thursday Night: Clouds return. Rain overnight. Low: 33°. Wind: NE 5-10.

Friday: Chilly rain. High: 43°. Wind: NE 5-10. Gusts: 15-20.