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Generally cloudy with patchy fog; Rain developing toward daybreak
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Cloudy with occasional rain; Perhaps a thunderstorm
Sunday, January 22 in Asheville (BRP)
Expect cloudy skies and periods of rain continuing through this weekend. Despite the grayness, temperatures will be unseasonably mild for January. We even anticipate some rumbles of thunder across the SW mountains and Foothills on Sunday, highlighting the weirdness of this pattern. Showers taper Monday as cooler, drier air makes inroads from the northwest. After another brief midweek warm-up, much colder air finally returns late next week.
Last updated on 01/21/17 at 6PM by John
January as whole so far has been very warm. The temperature departure from normal at the Asheville airport is running around 7 degrees above normal for the month to date. Despite that, we have still managed to squeeze out 7 inches of snowfall! It is rather unusual to have both occurrences of prolonged warmth and significant snowfall in one calendar month.
Unseasonable warmth continues this weekend, but unfortunately it comes with periods of rain through Sunday night, ending Monday. We can thank a complex low pressure area moving east through the Mid South overnight to over the Southern Appalachians Sunday night. Rain will fall in the form of 3 to 4 waves, but we won’t get cute by trying to peg the exact timing of each wave. The atmosphere will destabilize and thunder is possible during the day Sunday.
Rain tapers into showers Monday with strong NW flow that will usher in cooler and direr air. High pressure will prevail through midweek with a nice warm up slated for Wednesday. We have a question mark Wednesday night for possible showers with a weak wave ahead of our next cold front, but will leave dry for now.
The next cold front moves through early Thursday bringing us back to the cold reality of Winter. Thursday will be 15-20 degrees colder than Wednesday, and Friday will be a big handful of degrees colder than that. Enjoy the warmth while you can, just have an umbrella and galoshes handy this weekend.