Lead Forecaster Daniel Crawley
Good Saturday evening, hope you weekend is off to a great start.
Weather-wise the Western Carolinas is dealing with leftover clouds associated with the passage of former Hurricane Ian.
As you can see on the water vapor image (click to play loop) there is not very much going on across the US as a whole. Heights are elevated across the northern tier of the country with the “skeleton of Ian” trapped across the Eastern US.
The Eastern part of the country will return to a nice weather pattern for the first full week of October. The remains of Ian will slowly translate east as we go into the early parts of next week. The slow movement will keep the flow northerly through mid week but with decreasing clouds it should all temperatures to get back to near normal. Morning temps will be on the cool side though.
Averages for the first week of October are in the mid 70’s during the day and low-mid 50’s at night.
By the end of next week another cooldown will be on the way as the Pacific North America Ridge flexes its muscles again. This will send temperatures back to below normal for early October.
This pattern overall is going to be very good for the fall color season across Western North Carolina as it starts to accelerate this time of the year.
Rain will be hard to find much anywhere over the next seven days.