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Hickory , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:08AM

Weather's Winter Costume

Many have reminisced about cold Halloweens in the past and we will add this year to that list. You could say the weather is wearing a winter costume tonight. A potent storm system headed our way will bring a blast of winter-like temperatures with it this weekend. It may even get cold enough for some snow to mix in with the rain tonight through early Saturday. A dusting of snow is possible in a few locations. See our Total Snow Accumulation Map for details. Otherwise, expect breezy and unseasonably cold conditions Saturday as highs struggle to rise through the 40’s. We clear out by Sunday, but temps will remain on the cool side.

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Friday

Hi: 61 Lo: 36

Increasing clouds; Rain showers develop late-day & especially at night; (rain may mix with snow after Midnight); Light wind becoming NW 5-15 mph late
Saturday

Hi: 48 Lo: 35

AM rain showers (possibly mixing with or briefly changing to snow); Decreasing clouds late; Breezy & colder; NW wind 10-20 mph & gusty
Sunday

Hi: 55 Lo: 33

Sunny skies; Continued cool; NW wind 5-15 mph
Monday

Hi: 62 Lo: 40

Sunny skies
Tuesday

Hi: 67 Lo: 45

Partly cloudy

Further Out

Wednesday - Partly cloudy; High in the upper 60s; Low in the upper 40s
Thursday - Mostly sunny; High in the upper 60s; Low in the mid 40s

Forecast Discussion

Significant shot of colder air on its way with a few locations possibly even seeing a bit of the white stuff…

Alright, for starters, the forecast for tonight and Saturday hasn’t changed all that much for the NC Foothills. Today starts out quiet, but a fast-moving storm system dropping south through the Great Lakes will change that later today. As the system approaches, a few rain showers may develop late this afternoon. The more widespread shower activity, however, will hold off until tonight. For those with plans to trick-or-treat tonight, take a rain jacket as showers will be in the area. However, there will be breaks in the rain this evening and some locations may not see any rain until later in the night. Rain or not, it will be chilly (although, the coldest air doesn’t arrive until after Midnight).

From Midnight through early Saturday morning is when the forecast gets a bit interesting. A band of heavier precipitation is expected to develop across parts of western NC. Up in the mountains, this will fall mostly as snow. Down here in the Foothills, though, temperatures will be much more borderline for snow. But, we do think that snow will mix in at times for some. Who sees snow will depend on where that heavier band sets up. And if enough cold air can work in, a few locations may even change to all snow for a brief time. As far as accumulations go, a dusting at most is our thinking for now and it would be limited to any area that can briefly change to all snow. The recent warm weather means the ground is warmer and that will really offset accumulations. Any dusting-level accumulations would be confined to grassy areas / elevated surfaces. Precipitation will gradually taper off by late-morning Saturday.

The other issue Saturday will be the cold and breezy conditions. Wind gusts of 30-35 mph are possible Saturday and temperatures may not get out of the 40’s for highs. The wind will make it feel even colder. The wind will remain breeze through Saturday night as temps drop down into the 30’s. It will feel much more like winter than fall.

Beyond the busy weekend, the weather turns quieter again early next week with temperatures getting back close to normal.

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