By Paul T. Choate
Feb. 4, 2013. Dawn on Monday may have signaled a break from the wild weather that has been impacting the High Country over the last several days. We’ve seen snow, ice and even flooding lately, but perhaps this breathtaking shot of the sunrise this morning from Banner Elk by local photographer Todd Bush can lift your spirits in preparation for the much milder weather to come.
Local weather service Ray’s Weather Center may have phrased it best in their forecast today.
Ray’s forecast read, “A recap of the last seven days… 1) Tuesday temperatures in the 60s (50s up top). 2) Wednesday flooding rains. 3) Snow showers Thursday. 4) Light snow Friday. 5) Light to moderate snow Saturday night. 6) Snow showers, snow squalls Sunday. Late last week a friend asked, ‘What’s next a tsunami? Swarm of locust?'”
Well thankfully, as far as we know, the swarms of locusts are not on their way. What is on the way, however, are two fronts moving in on Tuesday and Thursday that bring with them temperatures back into the mid-40s (which will feel like a heat wave to some) and lows only down around the freezing mark at night. It’s still going to be plenty cold at night, but 32 degrees sounds a lot better than 13 degrees.
The front moving in on Thursday looks to bring with it some additional clouds, but rain/snow showers are expected to be light and sporadic at best throughout the week. Thursday evening looks to be the most likely time the High Country would get any significant precipitation as of now.
As we look farther out, temperatures are looking like they will stay mild for the foreseeable future. The Weather Channel’s 10-day outlook has highs for Boone listed as mid to upper 40s (and even 50 next Monday, Feb. 11) through next Wednesday, Feb. 13.
To stay on top of the weather here in the High Country, visit raysweather.com.