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Banner Elk , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 4:47PM

Trend Towards Cooler

A cold front is moving east of the region this afternoon. Tonight has cooler temperatures under a good deal of clouds. Another front, this one packing some seriously cooler air, knocks on the door Wednesday evening. A daytime shower is not out of the question ahead of the front, but the better "action" is tomorrow evening and beyond. Much colder air is in play Thursday with a chilly rain and yes, snow showers (especially at higher elev's). Never fear, normalcy returns this weekend.

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Hi: 62 Lo: 43

Mostly cloudy; NW wind 5-15 mph

Hi: 58 Lo: 37

Mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a daytime shower; More nighttime showers; Turning colder; West wind 5-15 mph, becoming NW & gusty late Wed. night

Hi: 48 Lo: 37

Generally cloudy with showers & snow showers; Chilly & blustery; NW 10-20 mph with gusts to 35 mph

Hi: 55 Lo: 41

Mostly to partly cloudy; Maybe an early shower; Clearing Fri. night; Still unseasonably cool

Hi: 67 Lo: 48

Becoming sunny; Warmer

Further Out

Sunday - Lots of sunshine; Pleasant; Cannot completely rule out a late-day shower; High in the lower 70s; Low near 50 degrees
Monday - Partly cloudy; Isolated PM showers; High near 70 degrees; Low in the lower 50s

Forecast Discussion

The front responsible for Monday's noise is heading east, taking thunderstorms with it. Tonight, clouds hang on tough while temperatures turn noticeably cooler.

Wednesday is mainly a "tweener" as we await the arrival of second front. Tomorrow has more clouds than sun, cooler temperatures, and the threat for a passing daytime shower. However, most of us to stay dry until Wednesday evening when the front gets close enough to generate more showers.

The frontal passage is followed by a big slug of upper energy and colder air derived from the Hudson Bay area. Thursday is showery, quite chilly, and blustery. Chilly enough for snow showers, especially for the higher elevations.

After a lingering morning shower Friday brings decreasing clouds and moderating temperatures. Still cool, but not as cold as Thursday. High pressure builds Saturday with ample sunshine and seasonal temperatures making a return. A front tries to move south from the Ohio Valley towards the NC/VA border Sunday and Monday. We'll do our best to close out the weekend on a dry note with isolated showers holding until Monday afternoon or evening.


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