Strong Storms Possible This Afternoon Around WNC

A relatively stout surface front will push through WNC this afternoon and into tomorrow, bringing with it the chance for thunderstorms, heavy rain, high winds and even some isolated hail. As you can see below on the most recent HRRR run, several rounds of storms look to develop around 2pm and those will persist through the evening hours. Many location will receive .5”+ of precipitation from heavy rainfall, with isolated higher totals. Some high wind gusts will also be possible with these storms, so please be mindful of that this afternoon.

HRRR Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

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Rain Continues Into Sunday

Scattered showers will persist through the morning Sunday, and some storm re-development could occur with adequate sunlight Sunday afternoon. Rainfall could be heavy at times, and some locations could pick up an inch of rainfall over the next 24-36 hours.

Some Models Hint At More Rainfall Next Week

The GFS model continue to insist that southerly flow from the gulf will enhance moisture over WNC through Tuesday. This would bring heavy rainfall to the Blue Ridge Escarpment area, and could create some flooding concerns. Below is the GFS precipitation totals through Wednesday. It struggles with the mesoscale activity that will occur today, but picks up on the upslope flow that looks possible Tuesday and Wednesday.

GFS Precipitation Totals Through Wednesday Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

Compare that with the European models precip total, and you can see how the GFS is more bullish on this upslope flow. I tend to side with the GFS on these instances, and believe that more precipitation will be possible both Tuesday and Wednesday compared to less.

Euro Precipitation Totals Through Wednesday Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

A good bit of uncertainty remains regarding precipitation totals as we progress into next week, but check back soon for another update... and watch for storm development this afternoon on the WNC live cameras!

Thunderstorms Return To The Forecast For WNC Over The Next Several Days

The chance for thunderstorms will increase over the next few days around WNC as a cold pool aloft allows storm initialization to occur. Some locations around WNC may see very minimal t-storm activity, whereas other locations (like Brevard) could see them each day. For Thursday afternoon, the HRRR shows development along the NC/TN border where the cold pool aloft is the strongest, but development in typical locations along the NC/SC border could also see T-storms this afternoon. A lesser chance for storms exists around Asheville, but they cannot be ruled out nonetheless. Below you can see the most recent run of the HRRR at 1pm.

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As you can see, those pop-up showers indeed develop in isolated locations this afternoon between 1-6pm. Where exactly they will setup is not certain, but the likelihood for storms appears more prevalent on the NC/TN border. Some embedded hail can also not be ruled out with these cells, so please be mindful of that this evening and into the afternoon tomorrow. Please report any severe weather you see to the NWS and to AshevilleWX’s Facebook page. Check back for another update soon and check the WNC Live Cameras to watch weather develop this afternoon around WNC.

Summer Feel Returns This Week To WNC With Highs In The 80's Tues, Wed, Thur

Many of you have been waiting for some consistent warm weather here in WNC, and it appears that we will get it this week! Models indicate that temperatures should rise into the low 80’s on several afternoons this week with high pressure dominating above. So break out those shorts and T-shirts because you will need them on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. Of course though this beautiful weather does not stick around too long, and clouds will build to end the week. A scattered shower or two cannot be ruled out on Friday, and a higher chance for rainfall exists moving into the latter part of next weekend.

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Scattered Showers Possible Friday

If you need to get things done outside this week, Monday thru Thursday will be the best days to get the job done. Friday, the chance for showers will increase around the area as a weaker system move through the area. The European model also indicates another round of showers to be possible late next weekend, but other models take a more northern track with that precipitation. Enjoy this week though, it should be beautiful around WNC!

Gusty Winds Likely Around WNC This Afternoon.. Could Top 40MPH In Some Locations

A frontal passage today will bring scattered rain showers and very gusty winds to WNC today. Many of you have already experienced some rainfall this morning, and a few more scattered showers cannot be ruled out through the early afternoon hours… but the main story will be the winds that pick up this afternoon. Many models indicate that as this front pushes through, winds around Asheville could gust over 40mph! Wind gusts this high have the potential to down trees and cause power outages so please be mindful of this as we progress through the day. It would be wise to secure outdoor accessories such a patio furniture to ensure it is not damaged. Below you can see the most recent NAM 3km high wind gusts at 3pm this afternoon. As you can see, it registers a potential gust of 49mph at the Asheville Airport during the hours of 2pm-3pm. That would be a very strong gust of wind, that could potentially do damage.

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Beautiful Weekend Ahead

After these winds finally reside early Saturday AM, a somewhat beautiful weekend will follow! A few scattered showers cannot be ruled out Saturday PM, but all and all I expect plenty of sunshine to make it way through some scattered clouds both Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will also be in the low 70’s so it will feel nice! Have a great weekend!

Temps Near 80 Around WNC Today As Sunshine Continues, Rain Moves Back In Friday AM

A beautiful day is in store for WNC and this will continue as we move through the middle part of the week. In fact, temperatures today could push as high as the low 80’s for some in the area. The 3km Nam shows the Asheville Airport reaching 78 today, but I believe that sunshine will allow surface temps to reach around 80, or maybe a bit higher. Paired with excessive rainfall last week, these temps will kick off the growing season in a big way!

3km NAM High Temps May 23rd Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

Warm Temps Continue Through Thursday

High temperatures are expected to stay in the 70’s through Thursday, and that will be a welcomed relief as I think we are nearing the end of cold snaps for the Spring. Clouds will begin to build again through Thursday evening, and then the cycle repeats itself with another rainy Friday expected.

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Rain Moves Back In Early Friday

Scattered showers look to push back into WNC on Friday morning, but just how much falls is still in question. The GFS shows less than .25” of rain falling in most locations whereas the European model indicated that a widespread .5”+ could be possible. These totals though are nowhere near as high as what we experienced last Friday, so I think the flash flooding threat will be minimal. That being said, more of a trend towards the Euro and the possibility for high totals needs to be monitored. Have a great Tuesday, and enjoy the beautiful weather!

GFS Precipitation Totals Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

Dangerous Travel Day Across NC Today As Moderate Risk For Severe Storms Issued

The Severe Prediction Center has elevated many parts of NC today to a moderate risk for severe storms. This means that within a give location under the moderate risk, there is a 45% chance of damaging wind gusts within 30 miles. A 10% tornado risk has also been issued for the moderate risk area. The storm risk looks less severe for WNC, but it is not zero. In fact, many locations are under a slight risk for the chance that strong storms will redevelop this afternoon over WNC. Damaging wind gusts, hail, lightning, are possible and a small chance for a tornado exists with this line that develops this afternoon, so please be weather aware.

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Flash Flooding Concerns Around WNC

There is an increased chance for flash flooding around WNC as ample amount of rainfall push into the area. These storms are rotating around an upper level low and as the low cuts itself off and stalls, so will the progression of the front. Therefore, multiple rounds of rainfall will be possible today around WNC, and flash flooding is very likely. Please use caution when traveling around WNC today.

6z NAM 3km Precipitation Totals Through Sunday AM Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

Strong System To Bring Heavy Rain, Then Snow Showers This Weekend For WNC

Yes it’s April, and unfortunately yes we are still talking about the possibility for snowfall. I am watching a strong system that could bring severe weather to WNC on Friday morning, and then snow showers on the backside as the front stalls out over the Apps. Below you can see the most recent GFS models, and it illustrates stout backside development as an upper level low goes negative tilt over WNC. That will pull moisture back around the rotating surface low, and then hammer the mountains of WNC. We do not see storms this strong every year, so some surprises could be in store.

6z GFS Courtesy of Tropicaltidbits.com

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Flash Flooding Concerns Increase Friday AM

The first part of this system will be the front end thump of rain from a strong moisture transport. When these upper level lows get involved, heavy precipitation totals can mount up quickly! Below for comparison you can see the GFS precipitation totals through this weekend compared to the Euro. Both show a significant amount of rainfall.

6z GFS Precipitation Totals Through Sunday Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

0z Euro Precipitation Totals Through Sunday Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

As you can see, both show over 1.5” of rainfall for WNC, and most all of that falls on Friday am. Therefore, I believe that streams and rivers around the area could rise quickly Friday morning. Please be careful when traveling around the area, high water will be possible in some areas!


Will It Snow In Asheville?

Signs are beginning to point to one last snowfall event around Asheville, but the snow doesn’t appear to fall heavy enough to accumulate in valley areas. In the higher elevations I believe that a couple of inches will be possible, but temperatures down in the valley will not support accumulation. I am still waiting on short range models to get a handle on exact surface temperatures, but below you can see a representation of what could possibly unfold.

6z GFS Snowfall Totals Courtesy of  Weathermodels.com

6z GFS Snowfall Totals Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

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After A Beautiful Week.. Severe Weather, Flash Flooding Return To WNC On Friday

Models are hinting at another strong low pressure ejecting from Texas, and moving through the Ohio Valley on Friday. That would again correlate with severe weather across the southeast. More precipitation appears to be accompanying this system, so the flash flooding threat will likely be higher. Below you can see the most recent GFS precipitation totals through Saturday. Some locations could see a quick 3” of rainfall Friday during the day. That would raise rivers and streams around the area considerably.

GFS Precipitation Totals Through Saturday AM Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

The European model is not as bullish on the amount of precipitation, because it takes a more northern track track with the low pressure. This would still bring a chance for severe weather, but the threat would be lower in my opinion. Below is the most recent European model precipitation forecast.

0z European Precip Forecast Courtesy of  Weather.us

0z European Precip Forecast Courtesy of Weather.us

So why are these solutions so different? Well below you can see the surface low pressure from both the GFS and the Euro. The Euro takes a much more northern track compared to the GFS. The GFS brings the low pressure close to the Tennessee Valley, and a strong warm air conveyor belt develops over WNC. A weaker area of lift is present on the Euro because the low pressure travels closer to the great lakes.

GFS Surface Low Over KY.. Map Courtesy of TropicalTidbits.com

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Euro Surface Low Over MI.. Map Courtesy of TropicalTidbits.com

Notice how on the GFS, there is some strong interaction with the 500mb low and some hail/snow breaks out over N MS/N AL. This is very interesting to me, and is something to be monitored as we progress this week. But until late Thursday & into Friday, enjoy the sunshine and nice weather because it will be beautiful around WNC!

Enhanced Risk For Storms In WNC Today, All Forms Of Severe Weather Are Possible

An interesting and potentially dangerous weather day is upon us here in WNC, with the chance for high impact storms is possible this afternoon. Currently this morning, several scattered showers are moving through WNC, and those will continue throughout the morning. After this first line pushes through, some clearing will occur, and then another line of storms will develop. Regarding timing of the strongest storms, I believe that after some clearing around 2pm, larger supercells will develop due to increased instability. These storms will then push Northeast, and could drop a tornado somewhere in the Foothills of NC or even in WNC. I am not saying that a tornado is certain, but the ingredients looks to be in place this afternoon across portions of the Western part of NC for one to develop. Therefore you need to be weather aware today! Know your safe space, talk it over with your family. If a tornado warning is issued for your location, find the interior most room of your home away from windows and glass. If its a bathroom, get in the tub and place pillows on top of you. Many people have surivived tornado’s taking these simple precautions. Also, if you have bike helmets available, pass them out and wear them for extra protection.

Early Morning Model Data

Looking at the most recent model updates, we are now in the range of the HRRR and it paints a dangerous picture for the western portion of NC this afternoon. If you look below, you can see the 2-5km updraft helicity tracks for this afternoon. These are possible tracks for supercells this afternoon. This is just to give you an idea of how numerous the storms will be this afternoon, and to show that extreme instability will be present.

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Also, here is the simulated radar for this afternoon per the most recent HRRR. You can see that several rounds of storms will be possible this afternoon around WNC. The cells this afternoon will have the potential to go severe, so we will have two rounds of storms that could possibly be severe. I will do my best to keep an eye on the radar and go live if necessary.

HRRR Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

Flash Flooding Will Be Possible

With rainfall already this morning around WNC, and multiple rounds of storms later.. I expect to see flash flooding this afternoon in various locations throughout WNC. Storms could drop large hail in isolated locations, and that will only further any flash flooding threat. Below is the precipitation totals from the HRRR through this evening. Well over an inch of rainfall is expected for many, with some 2”+ totals likely along the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

HRRR Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

Backside Higher Elevation Snow Showers?

There is a possibility for some higher elevation snow showers on the backside of this system, but that will mainly be above 4500’ on the NC/TN border. Some flurries cannot be ruled out around Asheville, but thats about it. Winds will get up on the backside of this system as moisture is strained out, some elevations above 4500’ could see accumulation. Below you can see those snow showers on the 3km NAM. So a very dynamic system, but I will be tracking it fully so stay tuned and check in for a live update on the AshevilleWX App or Facebook around 11am.

3km Nam Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

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Dangerous Weather Day In Store For WNC On Sunday, All Forms Of Severe Weather Are Possible

A strong frontal boundary will begin to eject itself Northeast out of Texas beginning today, and that will bring severe weather to millions across the Southeast over the next two days. As this front ejects, a dangerous day develops today across portions of Eastern Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, & Mississippi. Large tornados could be possible with models hinting at Severe Tornado Perimeters(STP) topping 7 in the area. STP is a measure of the amount of rotation available as a parcel of air is lifted, combined with how much fuel is present in the atmosphere as the parcel is lifted. Tomorrow this same system will push over the mountains of WNC, and the STP’s will be in the 3-4 range. This is a very high reading compared to what most storms bring to WNC. So, below ill discuss the details regarding the system, but know that a dangerous severe threat will be possible around WNC tomorrow afternoon, and a chance for a tornado cannot be ruled out.

Todays Severe Outbreak

Models continue to elude to a juiced environment ahead of this ejecting low pressure, and as you can see below, Severe Tornado Perimeters will almost be off the charts this afternoon around portions of Northern LA.

Courtesy of Weathermodels.com

In the weather community, we refer to this sort of anomaly as a “sting of pearls”. Meaning that there will be several congruent supercells moving across the land in unison, without impeding the others updrafts. It takes extreme veering or turning of winds with height to accomplish this, but fronts in the US have the capability. I expect later this evening to be tracking several tornado across portions of Northern Louisiana & Southern Arkansas. This same system will then take aim at WNC.

What To Expect Sunday Around WNC

Scattered showers will be likely throughout the day tomorrow, but then some slight clearing and peaks of sun will really destabilize the atmosphere ahead of the frontal passage. Below you can see the most recent NAM 3km data showing the STP around WNC tomorrow afternoon. Notice how many locations show reading of +4! Those are some of the higher STP’s that I have even seen projected for WNC.

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Here is the projected radar from the most recent 3km NAM as well. The veering or turning of the winds at the surface is what makes this system so dangerous. Winds will be from the South or Southeast at the surface, but aloft they will turn more Westerly. Like a spinning top, this veering generates tornadogenises and with adequate dew points, a funnel reaches the surface.

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Below is a sounding of the atmosphere from tomorrow as the most active weather moves in.

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This change in wind direction with height will create for a dangerous weather day around WNC tomorrow. Strong winds, hail, lightning, and even an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. If you recall the other day I showed a similar sounding from the Upstate of SC. That corresponded with isolated hail, and strong winds. This could be very similar around WNC if this sounding is to be taken serious. I will be live later today (1pm), and then tomorrow keeping you updated regarding the progression of severe weather, and ill also be doing a bit of chasing if necessary to ensure that eyes are on the sky. You can also use the WNC Weather Cameras to watch storms move across the area!

Backside Snow Showers Possible In Higher Elevations Monday AM, Flurries Cannot Be Ruled Out Around AVL

I am continuing to watch the backside of this system as models have shown the possibility for Northwest Flow snow showers to move in early Monday. Winds will get up as the front passes, and these flurries cannot be ruled out reaching Downtown Asheville. No accumulation is expected except for locations above 4500’. So a very dynamic system is on tap for WNC over this weekend, and you shouldn’t let your guard down! I’ll be live later this afternoon around 1pm so be sure to tune in!