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Elk River West , NC
East end of the Elk River Airport (farthest from Banner Elk)

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, July 23, 2021 at 6:46PM

Showers return

Moisture increases from the south over the weekend while a front approaches early next week. Thus, an isolated shower or thundershower is possible Saturday afternoon with just a slight uptick in coverage expected on Sunday. Our best chances of showers and storms during this forecast cycle will arrive on Monday with the front. Temperatures remain warm through the period.

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Friday

Hi: 79 Lo: 58

Partly cloudy; Can't entirely rule out a late evening shower/thundershower; Light South wind
Saturday

Hi: 78 Lo: 60

Partly cloudy; Patchy AM fog; More humid; Isolated PM showers or t-storms; SW wind 5-15 mph
Sunday

Hi: 81 Lo: 62

Partly cloudy; Warm and muggy; Widely scattered PM showers & t-storms; West 5-10 mph
Monday

Hi: 79 Lo: 60

Mostly cloudy; Scattered PM showers & thunderstorms; Some storms could be strong
Tuesday

Hi: 80 Lo: 60

Partly to mostly cloudy; Widely scattered mostly PM showers & thunderstorms

Further Out

Wednesday - Partly cloudy; Warm; Can't completely rule out a late day shower or thundershower; High in the lower 80s; Low near 60 degrees
Thursday - Partly cloudy; Remains warm; High in the lower 80s; Low near 60 degrees

Forecast Discussion

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The weekend brings an increase in moisture from the south and thus an increased threat of afternoon showers and thundershowers. Saturday expect only isolated afternoon showers and storms, but we'll bump that up a bit on Sunday thanks to an approaching front from the northwest and additional moisture influx from the south. Temperatures remain seasonably warm through the weekend.

The above mentioned front arrives in the area on Monday and brings us our best rain chances of the week. Scattered mostly afternoon showers and storms are expected. Some storms have the potential to be strong to severe, so this will be something that we will be monitoring over the next few days. The front starts to slowly push south on Tuesday, but still close enough to keep a few showers and storms in the forecast. With any luck, high pressure takes more control of our weather on Wednesday and Thursday reducing that shower and storm threat back closer to nil, but not completely zero.

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