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Morganton , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:43PM

Clouds Linger with Diminishing Showers

Wet weather continues through midweek as waves of rain affect western North Carolina. One wave is moving out of the region with a break expected later this evening and tonight; Another comes for Wednesday afternoon and evening. Things start getting a little bit brighter by Thursday, although scattered showers will remain in the forecast. Finally, we dry things out for Friday and for the start of the all-important Memorial Day weekend. Temperatures will be relatively cool through Thursday, before warming up noticeably for the holiday weekend.

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Hi: 67 Lo: 57

Mostly cloudy with a leftover shower possible; Patchy fog; Light north wind

Hi: 69 Lo: 53

Mostly cloudy with showers & maybe a thunderstorm, particularly PM; Light east wind becoming SE

Hi: 70 Lo: 51

Variable clouds & cooler; A passing daytime shower or thundershower; SW wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 77 Lo: 54

Bright sunshine; Pleasant

Hi: 81 Lo: 61

Mostly clear to partly cloudy; Nice way to kick-off the holiday weekend

Further Out

Sunday - Mix of clouds & sunshine; Widely-separated, mostly PM showers & thundershowers; High in the lower 80s; Low in the upper 50s
Monday - Partly cloudy for Memorial Day; Risk for a shower or thundershower; High near 80 degrees; Low in the upper 50s

Forecast Discussion

Just think, back in April, we were worried about drought! No longer...

Rain will be tapering off by tonight. Meanwhile, a low-pressure center will be taking shape in the Ohio Valley overnight, heading to the northeast by Friday.

This low will drag a rather strong cold front through here Wednesday afternoon, igniting a new round of showers and thunderstorms, primarily for Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Once the front exits, we still have to wait for the cold upper trough to swing through on Thursday with some additional scattered showers.

Finally, weak high pressure will sneak in for Friday providing a nice conclusion to the workweek. Holiday weekend weather looks pretty good at this time, although we do expect an uptick in the number of afternoon thundershowers by Sunday and Memorial Day with another cold front heading our way. The timing of the next frontal system, however, remains uncertain.


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