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TRACKING STORM SYSTEM OFF THE COAST...COULD BRING SNOW TO HIGHER ELEVATIONS TONIGHT - EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE CARTER, JOHNSON AND UNICOI COUNTIES OF TENNESSEE UNTIL NOON WEDNESDAY.
A WINTER STORM WARNING ABOVE 3,000 FEET TONIGHT UNTIL 4:00 PM WEDNESDAY FOR GRAYSON, ASHE, WATAUGA AND AVERY COUNTIES.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY BELOW 3,000 FEET TONIGHT UNTIL 4:00 PM WEDNESDAY FOR TAZEWELL, SMYTH AND GRAYSON COUNTIES IN VIRGINIA AND ASHE, WATAUGA, MITCHELL AND YANCEY COUNTIES IN NORTH CAROLINA.
ANOTHER WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY UNTIL TOMORROW AFTERNOON
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RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE AGAIN WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY
COOLER THROUGH THANKSGIVING
Tonight: Clouds increasing. Rain and snow showers possible, mainly after midnight Lows 32-37. Winds north 5-10 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Rain and snow showers, mainly in the morning. Highs 44-49. Winds southwest 5-10 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Snow showers possible late through early Thursday morning. Lows 29-34. Winds south 5-10 mph.
Thursday: Light morning snow showers. Quite cool. Highs 36-42. Winds west 5-10 mph.
We are tracking a storm system that is poised to move up the east coast of the United States in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center.
It is because of this system that there is a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 4 PM Wednesday for areas above 3000 feet in Grayson, Ashe, Watauga, and Avery Counties. Meanwhile, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4 PM for areas below 3000 feet in Tazewell, Smyth and Grayson Counties in VA and Ashe, Watauga, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties in NC. A Winter Storm Warning is also in effect until noon for Johnson, Carter, and Unicoi Counties in Tennessee. Another Winter Weather Advisory is in effect all of southwest Virginia and southeast Kentucky through Wednesday afternoon.
Because of upslope flow on the eastern side of the Appalachians, the higher elevations in North Carolina and Virginia are more favored to receive a moderate accumulation of snow by tomorrow morning. Areas west of the Appalachians will likely start with rain showers tonight. As the air continues to cool, a rain and snow mix is certainly possible before a full change-over to snow. That change over to snow will happen more quickly for the higher elevations, and may not fully happen for parts of the Tri-Cities pointing westward tonight.
Be on the alert for some travel concerns tonight and Wednesday morning and possible again Wednesday night and Thursday morning with the snow potential, especially in the higher terrain. Some areas to be mindful of are along I-26 near Sam's Gap. Also, with accumulations favoring the eastern slopes of NC and VA, do take caution on I-77.
Wednesday afternoon will be quite cool, with high temperatures in the low to mid 40s. Some rain showers may linger for parts of our area through the afternoon.
StormTrack 5 Meteorologists will continue to track this low pressure system as it moves up the east coast, along with an upper level feature that could very well bring snow back into the forecast Wednesday night into early Thursday. As low pressure moves up the east coast, it takes most of the moisture with it, dropping our shower chances during the day on Wednesday, though some lingering showers are certainly possible.
By Wednesday night into Thursday morning, more energy in the upper levels of the atmosphere will help to trigger more snow showers in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. This could add another inch or two in spots in the higher elevations, with light accumulation expected in the Tri-Cities.
Some light snow showers will linger into parts of Thursday, with colder air still in place for the day. We're talking high temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. As the system responsible for the second wave of snow showers, passes, we are left with high pressure building in on Friday.
While high pressure will promote clearer skies, it will still be quite chilly. If you're getting any Christmas shopping, taking a coat on the go won't be such a bad idea. By Saturday, temperatures will warm back up to near average.
We are tracking a system to return late Sunday that may bring a 20 percent chance of showers with partly cloudy skies. Rain chances are up to 30 percent with mostly cloudy skies on Monday. Otherwise, we are tracking a more mild trend in our weather through Tuesday. From Sunday through Tuesday, we are looking at high temperatures in the middle to upper 50s.
Highs will be in the low to mid 40s Wednesday through Friday. We warm to the mid to upper 50s Saturday through Monday. Lows will be in the low to mid 30s tonight and Wednesday night and mid 20s Thursday night and Friday night with mid to upper 30s Saturday night through Monday night.
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Our normal high is 55°, low 32°.
Meteorologist Chris Michaels
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