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NWS Winter Weather Advisory (McDowell County)

NWS Winter Storm Warning (McDowell County)

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Old Fort

Temp: 42.5°F
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Old Fort , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, February 18, 2019 at 5:32PM

Precipitation Returns Tuesday

Monday will be looked back as the nicest day this week, at least until about next Sunday. Clouds return on Tuesday, and precipitation won’t be far behind. Rain returns Tuesday night, with some freezing rain expected across the mountains of Burke, Caldwell and McDowell. For ice and snow impacts, check out our Forecast Accumulation Map. Everything goes over to a cold rain on Wednesday. We moderate on Thursday with more rain likely. We will actually have rain in just about every forecast period this week, although just keep in mind it won’t rain continuously all the time. Expect a very dreary weather week ahead, however.


Hi: 58 Lo: 26

Scattered clouds; Light north wind

Hi: 44 Lo: 30

Increasing cloudiness with rain developing toward evening; The rain will be mixed with freezing rain and sleet at times; Light NE wind

Hi: 37 Lo: 37

Rain, with pockets of early freezing rain; Cold; NE wind 5-10 mph

Hi: 63 Lo: 42

Cloudy with occasional rain; Milder

Hi: 49 Lo: 40

You guessed it... Cloudy with more rain

Further Out

Saturday - Yes again, Periods of rain; High in the upper 40s; Low in the mid 40s
Sunday - Early rain ending; Some clearing with a milder afternoon; High in the mid 60s; Low in the upper 30s

Forecast Discussion

A cold front exited the region providing a sunnier reprieve for your President’s Day. Hopefully you were able to take advantage of it, as it doesn't last long.

Low-pressure taking shape along the Gulf Coast on Tuesday will lift to the northeast as a cold high moves into position over the northeastern part of the United States and wedges southward into our area providing a supply of low-level cold air. Moisture lifting into the cold dome will result in precipitation breaking out late in the day Tuesday. While we expect mostly rain across the Southern Foothills, we think there will an increasing mixture of precipitation types as you move northward toward the Blue Ridge and VA state line. The main emphasis will be icing from the McDowell/Burke Caldwell mountains northward into Wilkes and Surry.

Rain continues on Wednesday, or changing to rain in the aforementioned areas. A semi-stationary, wavy frontal zone will be taking up residence over the area before finally getting a push east of here on Sunday. That’s when we may finally clear out of this, by the second half of the weekend.


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