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Crossnore , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 6:35AM

Take in the Sun

Make the most of the sunshine today because it will be in short supply next week. Temperatures are pleasant after a chilly start. Sunday is relatively pleasant as well, but clouds increase. Rain develops by sunrise Monday. Monday will be cloudy, foggy, rainy, and chilly. Tuesday is not much nicer; then showers linger into Wednesday with slightly warmer temperatures. Looking toward Merlefest Thursday through Sunday, expect cooler than average temperatures. We cannot rule out a stray shower Thursday, Friday, or Sunday.

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Saturday

Hi: 61 Lo: 36

Sunny; Pleasant after a chilly start; Light SE wind
Sunday

Hi: 58 Lo: 38

Partly to mostly cloudy; Temperatures slightly cooler than average; SE wind 5-15 mph
Monday

Hi: 46 Lo: 39

Cloudy & Cooler; Fog; Rainy; SE wind 10-20, gusty
Tuesday

Hi: 51 Lo: 44

Cloudy & Cool; Fog; Rain, mostly during the daytime
Wednesday

Hi: 61 Lo: 44

Generally cloudy; Lingering showers; Not as chilly

Further Out

Thursday - Lots of clouds; Cool; Stray showers; High in the upper 50s; Low in the upper 30s
Friday - Lots of clouds; Slightly warmer; Stray showers; High in the lower 60s; Low in the upper 30s

Forecast Discussion

High pressure moves across the Eastern U. S. today and Sunday. It then will be centered off the Northeast Coast early next week with a cool wedge developing into the Southern Appalachians. Next week is dominated by a trough in the Eastern U. S. with a couple surface lows rounding its base in the Southeast, keeping our weather unsettled.

The weekend is pleasant after a cool start. Clouds increase Sunday.

The first surface low makes a slow path through Mississippi (Sunday), Alabama (Monday), and South Carolina (Tuesday) before heading northeast. Monday is a gray, raw washout--clouds, foggy, chilly, soaking rains. Tuesday is only slightly better. Showers linger into the daytime Wednesday. Wednesday will be slightly warmer.

The trough with cool air aloft keeps clouds and the threat of a shower in play Thursday and Friday. If Merlefest is on your mind (and it should be), think cooler than average temperatures and a stray shower possible Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. We'll be warily watching that second low near the Gulf Coast later in the weekend.

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