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Bakersville , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:00AM

Gradual Improvements, Snow Tonight

It has been a few years since we've seen this much ice. Conditions do improve through the course of the day, but it's a slow-go this morning. Temperatures are either side of the freezing mark and continue to straddle the line until midday. The tricky part is some locations will see melting commence this morning, holdouts may have to wait until lunchtime. Freezing rain and rain tapers off by early afternoon.

A quick blast of colder air arrives tonight on a strong northwest wind. The cold is accompanied by snow showers, perhaps starting as a wintry mix after sundown. A dusting to 1" comes with that round (a little more on the mountaintops). Sunshine and considerably milder temperatures return Friday. All things considered the weekend is quite nice!

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Sunny
Pleasant, Low 50s
NW wind 5-15 mph
Thursday

Hi: 40 Lo: 24

Cloudy; Freezing rain changing to rain; Precip ends as snow showers Thur night; East wind 5-15 mph, but NW 15-25 mph & gusty with gusts to 45 mph at night
Friday

Hi: 49 Lo: 29

Early clouds with lingering flurries; More afternoon sun; NW wind 10-20 mph, gusts to 40 mph
Saturday

Hi: 56 Lo: 31

Sunny; Nicest day of the week; SW wind 5-10 mph
Sunday

Hi: 54 Lo: 34

Mostly sunny; A tad cooler
Monday

Hi: 51 Lo: 29

Partly sunny; Sprinkles possible; Cooler

Further Out

Tuesday - Mostly sunny; Comfortably cool; High in the upper 40s; Low in the upper 20s
Wednesday - Lots of sunshine; Nice travel heading into Thanksgiving; High in the upper 40s; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

After an icy start this morning precipitation transitions back to light rain by the afternoon and tapers off for a while. Thank goodness wind is not an issue this morning. As an upper level low passes just to our north tonight a quick cold blast brings more frozen precipitation. It may begin as a wintry mix this evening before transitioning to snow showers. It's not much, but a quick dusting to 1" falls late tonight and early Friday morning. The higher, westward facing slopes could get a little more. Clouds decrease quickly Friday morning followed by ample afternoon sunshine and near seasonal temperatures, but it will be blustery.

The weekend through at least the first half of next week is rather benign. We could stand a dry and boring spell :-). Saturday is the "warmest" of the set. An uneventful cold front moves through Monday with a few sprinkles possible. Otherwise, good travel weather continues through Thanksgiving Day.

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