Cold Front Brings Back Sweater Weather
It appears as though we will skip right into near freezing temperatures around WNC, after a relentless heatwave pushed us through the end of September and into October. Models indicate that higher elevations could see there first freezing temperatures of the season (above 3500’), and elevations in the valleys below could dip into the 30’s for the first time in several months. This will likely kill off weak vegetation that thrived in the previous heatwave. It would be wise to move plants indoors as well Wednesday evening. Below is the most recent(18z) run of the NAM and you can see that it shows 37 possible for the Asheville Airport on Thursday morning. The following image is the 12z European depiction of possible temperatures Thursday morning, and despite a few variances, the models seem to be in good agreement that temperatures below 40 degrees are very possible.
Showers Possible Before
Some shower activity will be associated with this cold front, but I do not expect any heavy downpours. Some locations could receive .5” of rain or more over the next two days.. but I am not expected a washout by any means. The main story this week will be the chill that will be felt when you head out on Thursday.. so get those jackets prepared.