From Summer to Winter

What a drastic change we’ve seen in the past 24-48 hours.  The weather for the first part of the week was about as perfect as you can ask for.  Today though, it’s a different story…

A cold front moved through last night with accompanying showers.  Colder air is making it’s way into the region and temperatures will continue to drop thoughout the day.  An area of low pressure will also be making it’s way from the Gulf states up into the mid-Atlantic today, providing a moisture source.  As a result, a snow/sleet mixture will begin at upper elevations around midday today as the colder air filters in.  Temperatures on Beech Mountain are already down to 34 degrees right now as I type this.  For everyone else, a COLD rain will persist throughout the day before changing over to snow tonight.

Accumulations will be minimal at lower elevations, topping out at around an inch or so.  Higher elevations will be in the 1-3″ range.  Snow showers will taper off tomorrow morning and some areas might even see some sunshine by tomorrow afternoon. 

High pressure settles in behind this system.  Sunday though the first part of next week looks to be rather quiet with moderating (but still cool) temperatures.  We’ll also see a freeze occur each of the next 4 nights.  It’s time to turn that heat on for good.

It’s going to be a pretty nasty day and be careful if you’re out driving tonight.  Happy Halloween!

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