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A few sunny days, and then the rain returns

Good morning!  It's Friday Eve and I know all eyes are on the weekend forecast, so we'll get right into what to expect over the next couple of days. 

Local:  Today, we'll see mostly sunny skies and a decent northeasterly breeze, with highs in the upper 80s Upstate, and lower 80s in the mountains.  A few clouds will develop this afternoon, bringing a chance for thunderstorms, but we're not looking at widespread rain.  A few storms could be on the stronger side with gusty winds and frequent lightning.  Friday continues in this trend, with a mix of sun and clouds, low to middle 80s, and a few thunderstorms developing in the late afternoon hours.  Saturday should start off nicely with partly cloudy skies, and temperatures getting into the middle 80s.  Getting into the afternoon, we'll have a cold front approaching the Upstate so widespread showers and thunderstorms will set up, continuing into the evening.  Sunday, we'll still be dealing with the wet weather associated with the cold front, so expect mostly cloudy skies, scattered showers and thunderstorms with temperatures in the low to mid 80s.  Once that front exits the region, we're looking at sunnier skies and warmer temperatures back into the Upstate and Western NC on Monday.

Tropics:  Tropical Storm Dorian has formed in the eastern Atlantic, and is moving WNW at 17mph.  The maximum wind speed inside the storm is 60mph as of Thursday morning, so it is on the stronger side of the Tropical Storm scale.  Over the next few days, the system is expected to continue to move toward the Caribbean Islands, but it's not going to have an easy time gaining strength due to upper level winds moving in different directions (called "shear", and it tends to break down or limit storm development).  As of now, Dorian looks to be near Puerto Rico in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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