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Current Conditions
Banner Elk

Temp: 15.9°F
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Banner Elk , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 4:07PM


Saturday night is bitterly cold with clear skies and diminishing winds. Wind chills this evening will range from the -20s on mountaintops to the -10s in valleys. Clouds reclaim the region Sunday with only slight temperature moderation. Snow develops Sunday evening. Snow continues into Monday; however, precipitation will change to a wintry mix (sleet and freezing rain) and then to just rain Monday from SW to NE. It may be Monday evening before the changeover to rain is completely in Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany Counties.

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Hi: 17 Lo: 5

Clear skies, then becoming cloudy late tonight; Frigid; Evening wind NW 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph, diminishing late

Hi: 21 Lo: 14

Frigid start to the day; Lots of clouds; Snow developing Sun. night; SE wind 5-15 mph (gusty up top Sun. night)

Hi: 34 Lo: 33

Cloudy; Snow changing to a wintry mix and then to rain; Gradually rising temperatures Mon. night; SE wind 5-15 mph (but South 20-30 mph & gusty at highest elevations)

Hi: 42 Lo: 28

Lots of clouds; Maybe some early drizzle; Snow showers or flurries possible Tue. night

Hi: 39 Lo: 23

Lots of clouds; Cannot rule out snow showers or flurries

Further Out

Thursday - Scattered clouds; Seasonal temperatures; High in the lower 40s; Low in the mid 20s
Friday - Milder temperatures; Increasing PM clouds; High in the upper 40s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

Wow! wind and cold were the weather items of most importance Saturday. We recorded 64 mph wind gust atop our offices in the LifeStore Building in Boone this morning. Temperatures are frigid through Sunday morning. If you must be outside, you know... Windchills are at dangerous levels: -10s in valleys and -20s on mountaintops. The Arctic blast is courtesy of high pressure centered in Iowa. And yesterday's low, strengthening rapidly in the NW Atlantic.

Low pressure develops in Texas Sunday then moves into the Southeast Monday and up the spine of the Appalachians Monday night. That easterly track will preclude a big snow, but that does not mean "no trouble". Clouds overtake the region Sunday and light snow develops Sunday night. Snow continues into Monday with moderate accumulations. Precipitation changes over to a mix of sleet and freezing rain from SW to NE Monday afternoon and evening; then to rain. The last to change over to rain in our region will be areas right along the Blue Ridge in Alleghany County, NC. Temperatures rise overnight Monday, and rain ends early Tuesday morning.

A clipper-like low dives southeast quickly in the NW flow behind Monday's low, reaching us Tuesday night with snow showers. Temperatures Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning will be cold, but not extreme. Temperatures moderate Thursday afternoon into Friday with more sun.


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