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Bakersville , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 5:22PM

Milder Week Ahead

Sunday was beautiful thanks to high pressure moving across the Appalachians. Clouds return quickly tonight and light rain develops around or just after midnight. Clouds and fog persist Monday spotty light rain in the morning. Pesky drizzle could linger right along the Blue Ridge. Unseasonably mild weather arrives Tuesday and holds through the rest of this week.

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Sunday

Hi: 58 Lo: 39

Becoming cloudy with light rain after midnight; Wind becoming SE 5-15 mph
Monday

Hi: 60 Lo: 45

Cloudy; Fog & spotty light rain; Cannot rule out lingering drizzle along the Blue Ridge; Wind becoming SW 5-15 mph, gusty up top
Tuesday

Hi: 68 Lo: 48

Mostly cloudy with patchy fog; Unseasonably mild; Cannot rule out some drizzle near the Blue Ridge; South wind 5-15 mph
Wednesday

Hi: 70 Lo: 52

Generally cloudy; Periods of light rain; Mild temperatures
Thursday

Hi: 69 Lo: 49

Generally cloudy; Periods of light rain through evening; Mild

Further Out

Friday - Mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a stray shower; High in the upper 60s; Low in the upper 40s
Saturday - Mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a stray shower; High near 70 degrees; Low near 50 degrees

Forecast Discussion

The next seven days are about as uneventful as we can have in mid/late February. High pressure moves across the Appalachians from west to east today and into the Atlantic tonight. The week's weather will be dominated by high pressure anchored in the Atlantic, extending west into the Southeast. It will resist the next front, keeping it to our west and north. How far to our west and north is the only significant question this week with implications on rain amounts Wednesday and Thursday. We have leaned toward drier in this forecast.

High pressure cleared us out Sunday; however, tonight a transient, weak wedge of cool air develops along the east side of the Southern Appalachians. Clouds return tonight and will be stubborn Monday. Light rain develops around or after midnight tonight. Spotty light rain continues into Monday morning with some fog. Pesky drizzle could linger along the Blue Ridge Monday night.

Tuesday, the Atlantic high muscles milder, drier air into our region. Wednesday and Thursday, we'll be in a moist, southerly flow between the Atlantic high and a front stalled to our west/north. Periods of light rain will be possible Wednesday and Thursday. Then Friday and Saturday, we expect the Atlantic high to flex it's muscles again and drive the front farther north producing drier weather. However, we cannot completely rule out a stray shower. A sure bet is unseasonably mild weather Tuesday through the rest of the week.

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