Rain Today, Colder Later This Week NC 12-17-12

A frontal boundary will track east across Tennessee today, crossing through the region early tonight.  Expect showers to continue this afternoon and overnight.  That’s not what ski enthusiasts want to hear but we definitely need it as we are in a moderate drought.

High pressure settles in for a few days beginning tomorrow.  Clouds will be on the decrease and temperatures will be much cooler than today, but near normal for this time of year.  Winds will be rather breezy though.  Wednesday will see abnormally mild temperatures briefly return and an abundance of sunshine.

A very strong cold front will pass through the High Country on Thursday.  Widespread showers during the day will changeover to snow showers at night once colder air arrives behind the front.  Significant accumulations are not expected at this time.

This frontal passage thankfully arrives at a perfect time for the ski areas.  Several days of snowmaking will make for much improved conditions for the Christmas holiday.  Friday looks especially chilly and the weekend will be sunny but still on the cold side.  If you’ve planned a ski trip for Christmas, you can breathe a sigh of relief!

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