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Hickory

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Hickory , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 4:33PM

Active Weather

For weeks, forecasters in the Southern Appalachians had little to do except to see if computer models' rarely used smoke forecasts actually worked. We are in a different weather world now... active weather.
Low pressure is brewing in Northern Mexico. It ejects northeast in two pieces: 1) a weaker wave arriving Sunday and 2) the whole enchilada arriving Tuesday morning. Chilly rain arrives late tonight lasting through Sunday. We get a break Monday before heavier rain arrives Monday night into Tuesday. And that's not all... Our first real Arctic Outbreak arrives Thursday. How about lows near 20° Friday night?!

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Saturday

Hi: 52 Lo: 38

Cloudy with light rain by sunrise; Light NW wind
Sunday

Hi: 43 Lo: 40

Cloudy & chilly; Periods of rain; Light SE wind
Monday

Hi: 57 Lo: 45

Generally cloudy; Milder; Rain returns Monday night; Light East wind
Tuesday

Hi: 46 Lo: 41

Rainy into the afternoon; Some clearing late-day or Tuesday night
Wednesday

Hi: 60 Lo: 42

A good deal of sunshine; Pleasant

Further Out

Thursday - Some cloudiness with a shower possible; Becoming mostly clear, windy, and turning colder; High in the lower 50s; Low in the mid 20s
Friday - Clear; Cold; High in the mid 30s; Low near 20 degrees

Forecast Discussion

High pressure holds today across Southern Appalachians, but clouds are streaming over the top ahead of the first wave of energy headed northeast out of Northern Mexico. After a cool, dry day, a chilly rain arrives late tonight

Sunday will be cloudy and chilly with mostly light rain. Temperatures gradually rise Sunday night with precipitation tapering off.

Monday brings a brief break with milder temperatures ahead of the stronger wave arriving from the southwest Tuesday morning. Rain redevelops Monday night leading into Tuesday. Tuesday will be cool and gray.

We get another brief break Wednesday with milder temperatures again. Any thought of "mild" ends Thursday as an arctic front sweeps through sending temperatures into a nosedive. Timing of the front remains the biggest question in this forecast, but we have good confidence in the sequence of events: a shower possible followed by much colder weather. Friday will be the coldest day we have seen since February. It's time to find all the cold-weather gear.

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