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Sugar Mountain , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 10:03PM

Furloughed

We were on "unpaid leave" from winter weather Sunday. We have had only one other day as pleasant this month (Jan. 12). Clouds increase tonight, and skies becoming cloudy Monday. A front moves through from the west late Monday night producing rain mostly Monday night. A shower may linger into early Tuesday before colder weather returns. A secondary front arrives Tuesday night with potential for light snow showers or freezing drizzle.

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Sunday

Hi: 55 Lo: 39

Partly to mostly cloudy; Light SW wind
Monday

Hi: 49 Lo: 36

Becoming cloudy; Rain Mon. night (possibly beginning late afternoon); South wind 5-15 mph, but gusts to 45 mph at higher elev's
Tuesday

Hi: 41 Lo: 24

An early AM shower possible; Turning colder with late-day & nighttime snow flurries or freezing drizzle possible; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusts to 50 mph Tue. night
Wednesday

Hi: 36 Lo: 22

Becoming mostly clear; Colder; Windy
Thursday

Hi: 38 Lo: 24

Mostly clear; Seasonal temperatures

Further Out

Friday - Increasing PM clouds; Cool; High in the mid 40s; Low in the lower 30s
Saturday - Cloudy; Cool; Blue Ridge fog; Light rain becoming steadier Sat. night; High in the mid 40s; Low near 40 degrees

Forecast Discussion

High pressure is centered in the Atlantic producing a southerly flow and milder weather.

The winter furlough is short-lived. A front moves through late Monday night. Ahead of the front, skies become cloudy Monday and rain arrives Monday night (light rain could begin late in the afternoon).

Showers end early Tuesday followed by a return to colder weather (not the deep freeze, just back to seasonal numbers). A secondary front arrives with the colder air Tuesday night. Snow showers or freezing drizzle could accompany that secondary front. Tuesday will be windy, especially Tuesday night.

Wednesday through Friday, high pressure moves across the Eastern U. S. Expect dry weather and seasonal temperatures. By Friday, it produces a cool wedge down the east side of the Appalachians.

The next front arrives late next weekend, and it will tap considerable Gulf moisture. Saturday looks cloudy and foggy with light rain and drizzle developing. Saturday night and Sunday look quite wet before colder weather arrives.

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