THIS WEEK: Rain/snow mix to near 80° warmth, wind and rain
Clouds have returned after a brief stint with mostly sunny skies earlier in the day Sunday. These clouds come in ahead of a weather system that may have some impacts on our Monday morning commute.
Temperatures in the valleys will likely be 'warm' enough for a scattered, cold rain on Monday morning. However, with temperatures above the surface being below 32°, a few wet snowflakes can mix in early on with little-to-no accumulation.
The better chance for accumulation is in places like Wise, Honaker, Marion, Chilhowie, Mountain City, Roan Mountain, Boone and perhaps even Sam's Gap. Even still, accumulations of an inch or less are what we're calling for and mainly on the grass, cartops and rooftops.
Most of this happens before lunchtime. Although, a few snow showers may still linger in the mountaintops/at ski-resort level in North Carolina. Some isolated 2" totals are possible on Beech Mtn, Whitetop, High Knob, Black Mountain, etc.
We don't foresee a lot of road issues. If anything, there may be some slick spots on side roads that don't get as much sunlight. This is especially the case in the North Carolina mountains, where there may be some school schedule changes on Monday morning. Be sure to look for those here.
After that brief encounter with winter, we can finally start looking towards some warmer weather by the end of the week. High pressure moving offshore ushers in warmer air out of the south. This will put our highs in the low 70s Thursday and perhaps near 80 on Friday and Saturday. Good news for race fans, right?
Well...here's the thing. As we're getting warmer, the weather is getting stormy in the nation's midsection. This could very easily translate into a wetter pattern for us, by the time race weekend is officially here.
What's concerning is that there's two high pressure systems, one of the east coast and one off the west coast. These two could sandwich the wet pattern into our region, providing rounds of rain Saturday evening through Sunday evening. We're hoping that our data will become more refined and detailed by mid week when this storm system hits land. At that point, weather balloons can survey the system and we can get to know it better.
We know a lot of folks depend on our forecasts for race weekend, and we will continue to keep you updated on this storm system on air, online, on social media and on the StormTrack 5 Mobile App. Gotta love April...