The frontal boundary that I’ve been talking about over the past couple of days has finally pushed through. It is located just barely to our east now and we will begin to see colder air filter into the region today. Temperatures will be in decline throughout the day. A cold rain will continue as well.
By the afternoon, higher elevations will begin to see the rain change over to snow as the colder air arrives. Everyone else can expect to see a change over to snow by the evening. Around the same time, an upper level disturbance will cross over the region, enhancing the low at the surface. Snowfall will become noticeably more intense as this happens.
Accumulations are expected to generally be in the 2-4 inch range for the higher elevations near the NC/TN border. I’m thinking Sugar and Beech will be on the higher end of that scale. Boone and other areas above 3000 feet can expect 1-2 inches while locations on the far eastern side of the Blue Ridge are only looking at a dusting or so.
As quick as the snow arrives, it will be gone just as quick. Flurries will taper off tomorrow morning and we’ll begin to see things clear out. Other than a dry cold front moving through late Friday, the weekend looks be be quite nice. Temperatures will remain much colder than they have been though, allowing for an extended period of time for the ski areas to make snow.