Below Normal Temperatures Today, Frost Possible Tonight…

Lead Forecaster Daniel Crawley

Good Tuesday morning to everyone! Looking at what is happening currently, yesterdays big rain maker is now up in the northeast bringing rainfall to the big cities and inland snowfall to New England. Here across North Carolina we are enjoying northwest flow on the backside of the storm.

A beautiful Mid-April day is coming up across North Carolina. High pressure will fill in across the region especially going into tonight. With cool dry air and light winds in place that will set the stage for some scattered frost especially in the Western Half of the state.

Surface Pressure 8 am Wednesday

Temperatures will be highly dependent on location. We should average out in the mid 30’s but local sheltered valleys could fall even lower for a short amount of time. The frost threat while it exists could stun some tender vegetation in the morning.

Model generated low temperatures 6 am Wed

Starting Wednesday High pressure will start to slowly pivot southeast of the region allowing winds to veer back around to the southwest. This will be the beginning of a warmup for the second half of the week. By Thursday high pressure begins to sprawl out across in the Deep South. That puts North Carolina and the SoApps in deep WSW flow aloft. Temperatures will really take off at this point. 80’s will be prevalent by the weekend with little to no rain chances.

850mb winds Thursday 2 pm

The general synoptic pattern of the Southeast ridge will hold firm through the end of the 7-Day forecast period. Beyond that, some signs of another trough in the east Day 10-12 with another intrusion of cooler air. We’re talking almost May 1st by this point so hopefully tonight’s frost threat is the last outside of the mountains.

850 mb temperature anomalies (April 27th-May 2nd)

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