Sandy Sandy Sandy NC 10-26-12

Today is the final day of a week long run of unseasonably nice weather.  It will be a distant memory in a few days as we’re going to go from weather remiscent of July straight to conditions more like January.  You’ve got to love weather in the High Country!

Today will be pretty decent once again but it will be noticeably cooler than in recent days.  Cloud cover is already present this morning and it will generally stick around all day as a STRONG cold front is advancing closer to the region.

Tomorrow will see the front move through and scattered showers are expected.  The front won’t progress far to our east so Sunday sees a continued chance of showers but temperatures will begin to plummet as colder air filters into the region.  Temperatures will be a good 20-25 degrees colder than earlier this week.  Winds from the northwest will be strong as well which will make it feel even colder.

As I’ve been talking about all week, Monday is when things get interesting.  Hurricane Sandy is currently over the Bahamas.  It’s going to parallel the southeastern US coast over the next few days and will be off the Outer Banks by early Monday.  From here, we know it’s going to interact with the cold front but where is the question.  The two main weather models, the Euro and the GFS, have two different solutions for what happens.  The GFS has Sandy staying further north and making landfall near NYC on Tuesday.  The Euro has it turning inland sooner and making landfall near the Virginia/Delaware border on Monday.  It’s going to be shockingly cold and windy Monday-Wednesday regardless, but snowfall amounts drastically differ depending on which depiction is correct.  If it follows the Euro’s route, we’ll see more snow.  If it stays further north like the GFS shows, we’ll see less in the way of accumulation.

This is going to be a historic storm for the Northeast whatever happens here.  Will it be for the High Country as well?  Stay tuned.

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