A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS.
UNSEASONABLE AND CLOUDY TODAY WITH RAIN AT TIMES.
HEAT AND HUMIDITY RETURN FOR THE WEEKEND.
WARMING UP BY MID-WEEK!
Today: Mostly cloudy. Showers likely early on. Scattered in PM. Highs 71-79. SE winds 5-15 mph
Tonight: Isolated shower in the evening. Mostly cloudy, patchy fog possible. Lows 59-65. Calm winds
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 78-83. Calm winds
Tomorrow Night: Mostly cloudy and seasonable. Patchy fog possible. Lows 59-65. Calm winds.
Sunday: A bit warmer. Partly sunny. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 80-85.
We are tracking below normal temperatures and increasing rain chances in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. After a string of record low temperatures, we will struggle to reach the 80 degree mark in most locations today. Cloudy skies on tap as well as rain chances early on will make things tough to get warmer. We will see humid conditions take a hold of our weather throughout the weekend, starting today. High temperatures today will be in the 60s in the North Carolina mountains, and mid to upper 70s in NETN and SWVA.
StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking a disturbance off the coast of the Carolinas. This is, believe it or not, the same weather pattern that brought severe weather to our neck of the woods on Sunday. High pressure well off the east coast of the US has kept us locked in this consistent pattern for the past few days. With a surface front along the coast of North Carolina, moist flow from both low and high pressure will aid in our increasing rain chances. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for southern portions of the Appalachian Mountains on the North Carolina side. Upslope flow will allow for converging, rising air. This will allow showers to form in the higher terrain along eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. As the day progresses, scattered showers and thunderstorms will come into the forecast for parts of the viewing area. While rain probabilities may be higher than normal, this does not mean that today will be an all-out washout. Rain chances decrease a bit as we go into the overnight. Mostly cloudy conditions and the potential for fog will keep low temperatures in the low to mid 60s for most, as opposed to the 50s we’ve grown accustomed to over the previous days.
As low pressure moves to the northeast, our rain chances decrease a bit as we head into Saturday. Moisture at the surface and mid-levels along with moderate instability will support scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the weekend. Again, this doesn’t appear to be a washout, but an umbrella will be needed at times. Our only limiting force in our rain chances comes in the aforementioned movement of low pressure to the northeast and high pressure to the northwest, bringing in drier air. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s to low 80s during the afternoon. Overnight low temperatures will be in the low to mid 60s.
On Monday, we hold on to a very slight chance of a few showers mainly along the higher terrain. High pressure over our area promotes drier conditions, but with a weak upper level trough and mid-level humidity, it doesn’t look like a day filled with plenty of sunshine.
Surface high pressure and deep mixing with the mid-levels of the atmosphere bring about more seasonable conditions for the middle of the week through Wednesday. High temperatures will bounce back into the mid to upper 80s in most spots. Low temperatures will remain in the mid 60s.
Come Thursday, our rain chances return with moist flow from the southwest showing itself again like it has done so often this summer. Temperatures will remain around normal. Highs in the mid to upper 80s and lows in the mid 60s.
You can always get the latest forecast and weather information on News 5 WCYB, wcyb.com and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.
Our normal high is 85°, low 64°.
Meteorologists Chris Michaels and Donnie Cox