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NWS Special Weather Statement (Catawba County)

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Hickory Airport , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1:05PM

PM Light Rain; Friday Break

Skies have become mostly cloudy with a period of light rain likely this afternoon and evening. Friday looks like a nice conclusion to the workweek with partly sunny skies and probably the mildest temperatures of the next week or more. Rain returns Saturday, focused on Saturday night. After early rain exits on Sunday, a cold blast arrives Sunday night.

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Thursday

Hi: 41 Lo: 36

Becoming cloudy with light rain likely late this afternoon and into tonight; Light NE wind becoming SW tonight
Friday

Hi: 56 Lo: 41

Partly sunny & rather mild; Calm wind
Saturday

Hi: 51 Lo: 44

Cloudy with rain arriving PM; Steady rain Saturday night; Light east wind
Sunday

Hi: 44 Lo: 18

Early rain ending; Clearing, blustery & turning colder with falling PM temperatures
Monday

Hi: 35 Lo: 20

Clear but quite cold

Further Out

Tuesday - Mostly sunny & chilly; Increasing cloudiness Tuesday night with a chance for rain late; High in the lower 40s; Low in the lower 30s
Wednesday - Cloudy with rain; Rain ending Wednesday night; High in the mid 40s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

A weak cold front will pass through western North Carolina early Friday, and there will be some light rain out ahead of it this afternoon and into tonight.

Partly sunny skies and relatively mild temperatures return for Friday. Given the expected overall cold pattern that we appear to be going into, it could be the mildest afternoon that we experience for the rest of this month.

Low pressure coming into Arkansas on Saturday will track to the Mid-Atlantic coast by Sunday. Rain will return on Saturday, with an emphasis on Saturday night. After early rain exits on Sunday, modified Arctic air will invade Sunday night and be with us for Monday. Temperatures will moderate closer to normal for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The next storm system is tentatively scheduled to bring rain back as early as Tuesday night, continuing into Wednesday.

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