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Banner Elk , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00AM

Cooler and Mostly Cloudy

One of these days we'll see a big shot of chilly crisp air to put us in full "Fall Force", but not this week. The passage of subtle fronts and a steady stream of cool air wedges keep chipping away at temperatures in a step-down fashion. Today is a good example, cooler air behind yesterday's front combined with mostly cloudy skies keep things several degrees cooler than Monday but not dramatically so. Thursday will be a little warmer with more sun before clouds and even cooler air lock down Friday to close out the work week.

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Wednesday

Hi: 65 Lo: 49

Mostly to partly cloudy after early fog; Slightly cooler; An isolated daytime shower possible; Light wind
Thursday

Hi: 69 Lo: 51

Partly cloudy day; More clouds Thur. night with fog possible; Light wind
Friday

Hi: 62 Lo: 50

Clouds with AM fog and drizzle; Cannot rule out a shower; Fog possible again Fri night; SE wind 5-10 mph
Saturday

Hi: 68 Lo: 50

Early fog then partly sunny; Pleasant
Sunday

Hi: 73 Lo: 53

Scattered daytime clouds; Warmer; Increasing clouds Sun. night

Further Out

Monday - Mostly cloudy day with AM showers possible; Partial clearing & cooler Mon. night; High in the upper 60s; Low in the upper 40s
Tuesday - Scattered clouds; Seasonally cool; High in the mid 60s; Low in the mid 40s

Forecast Discussion

Behind yesterday's front clouds and moisture linger thanks to a weak cool air wedge scenario as high pressure to our north briefly nudges down the east side of the Appalachians. While a few sprinkles or an isolated shower cannot be ruled out most of us stay dry, more bark than bite.

A reinforcing area of high pressure builds over New England late Thursday courtesy of Canada. This results in a more classic wedge set-up with a cool easterly flow, lots of clouds, fog, and daytime drizzle when Friday rolls around. As the weather pattern remains progressive the wedge erodes Saturday as the high shifts east. We'll deal with early clouds and fog Saturday giving way to partly sunny skies.

A stronger cold front gains steam moving through the middle of the nation this weekend making a final approach over western NC Monday. A short-lived southwesterly flow returns ahead of the front Sunday with a pleasant afternoon, more sunshine and warmer temperatures. Widely scattered showers break out along the front holding off until Monday. Much cooler air arrives Tuesday, still not overly dramatic, but it will have you thinking about your Fall wardrobe.

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