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Enjoy the Dry Weather Today Because The Rain Picks Up Tonight, Continues

By Jesse Wood

Anybody else almost blinded by the elusive sun that poked through the clouds a wee bit on Wednesday morning? That was different.

But don’t get too excited. Today’s “partly to mostly cloudy” weather is only temporary as it is expected to be overcast and rainy at least through Sunday. Yesterday, RaysWeather.com referred to this dry spell as a “drive-pavement alert,” and the roads are certainly dry as of Wednesday morning.

On this morning’s forecast discussion, RaysWeather.com notes the tropical rains, which have pummeled the High Country, causing road closures and sinkholes/mudslides,, are here to stay through the week.

Today is expected to be the driest day we’ve had since last Thursday and the driest through the weekend. Scattered afternoon showers are in the forecast Wednesday and “rain coverage” increases tonight.

“Yogi Berra said ‘It’s ain’t over til it’s over.’ He could have been talking about tropical rains here this week. While folks on the west side of the Appalachians are thinking “What’s the big deal?”, areas on the east side of the Appalachians (near the Blue Ridge) have seen over 10″ of rain since Thursday evening,” according to RaysWeather.com.

Here are some rain totals from yesterday, according to climate archives at RaysWeather.com:

  • Blowing Rock: 1.83 inches
  • Boone: 1.09
  • Foscoe: 1.71
  • Zionville: 2.22
  • Deep Gap: 2.48
  • Valle Crucis: 1.43
  • Banner Elk: 1.12
  • Beech Mountain: 1.27
  • Newland: 1.02