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Forecast Last Updated at Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:51AM

Late-May Cooldown

It's chilly out there. We woke up to low-mid 30s on mountaintops and low-mid 40s elsewhere. Gusty NW winds diminish this morning and temperatures will rebound some this afternoon with full sun. Valleys will be especially chilly tonight. Overnight, mountaintops will gradually warm point the way to the future for all of us... A beautiful Memorial Day Weekend. Get outside and enjoy!

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Friday

Hi: 66 Lo: 39

Becoming clear; Cooler; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty early, becoming light tonight
Saturday

Hi: 70 Lo: 48

Clear skies; Nice afternoon after a chilly AM; SE wind 5-10 mph (but breezy up top Sat night)
Sunday

Hi: 74 Lo: 54

Few clouds; Warmer; South wind 5-15 mph
Monday

Hi: 76 Lo: 57

Scattered afternoon clouds; Terrific!
Tuesday

Hi: 77 Lo: 58

Afternoon clouds; Widely scattered afternoon t-showers

Further Out

Wednesday - Partly to mostly cloudy; Widely scattered afternoon t-showers; High in the upper 70s; Low near 60 degrees
Thursday - Mostly cloudy; Scattered mostly afternoon t-showers; High in the upper 70s; Low in the upper 50s

Forecast Discussion

Chilly air rushed in behind yesterday's low. It's the coldest airmass we have felt since May 1. Full sun will give a little bump this afternoon, but then valleys will "go deep" again tonight. A little frost is possible on rooftops in our typical cold holes: Crossnore, Banner Elk, Elk River, Valle Crucis, and Grandfather Valley.

After a chilly start Saturday, the afternoon will be warmer under sunshine.

A warm front passed by from the southwest Saturday evening, putting us back in warmer air. However, I think we can fight off afternoon convection through Memorial Day. Monday has an ever-so-slight chance of a renegade afternoon thundershower, too small to mention in the forecast box.

But we return to a summer-looking pattern (high pressure in the Atlantic extended back into the Southeast blocking fronts from the west), and an increase in afternoon thundershower activity is inevitable. We'll call it "widely scattered" Tuesday and Wednesday, then increase in coverage Thursday ("scattered"). Temperatures continue a gradual climb through Wednesday and remain unseasonably warm Thursday.

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