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Hickory Airport , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 4:53PM

Showers, Heavy East

The remnants of briefly named Tropical Storm Bertha moves northward along the I-77 corridor into Virginia late tonight. The result is for a good swath of rain with some heavy showers possible just along and to the east of Hickory until midnight. Areas further westward can expect lessor amounts of rain with lighter showers. The low moves to the north on Thursday and a southerly flow takes over as we break out into more typical end-of-May conditions with warmer temperatures and scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms through the end of the week.


Hi: 70 Lo: 63

Cloudy with evening showers; Heavier showers possible from Hickory eastward; Calm wind

Hi: 80 Lo: 65

Partly sunny; Widely scattered PM showers & thunderstorms; Warmer; Light South wind

Hi: 81 Lo: 63

Mostly cloudy; PM showers & thunderstorms likely; Warmer; South wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 80 Lo: 58

Partly sunny; Widely scattered PM showers & thunderstorms

Hi: 75 Lo: 52

Bright sunshine; Cooler & less humid

Further Out

Monday - Abundant sunshine & pleasant temps; Nice start to June; High in the mid 70s; Low in the lower 50s
Tuesday - Mostly sunny; Remains nice; High in the mid 70s; Low in the mid 50s

Forecast Discussion

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bertha moves northward into Central North Carolina before exiting to the north later tonight. Showers are around as the low moves just off to our east with a concentration of heavier shower activity expected from Hickory eastward. Rainfall amounts could exceed one inch across far eastern portions of the Foothills with around a tenth of an inch for the western Foothills. The axis of the heaviest rain is along and east of I-77. Rainfall tapers off from south to north heading towards midnight.

We break out into more typical end-of-May conditions for Thursday and Friday as a moist southerly flow takes over and allows for warmer temperatures. Scattered mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms develop on Thursday with a better concentration of showers and storms expected on Friday as a front approaches from the west. Showers and thunderstorms continue Friday night and into the day on Saturday, however I think Saturday will end up far less active. The front makes a clean sweep Saturday evening and this brings a refreshingly clear, cool air mass into western North Carolina for the conclusion of the weekend and to begin the month of June.


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