Big Storm STILL Likely For Travel Tuesday & Wednesday - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Big Storm STILL Likely For Travel Tuesday & Wednesday

A soaking system is still poised to move in just as many of us will be hitting the road for Thanksgiving!  I've got the latest on that in a sec, but first let's talk short-term. 

More showers will be around tonight, then we should briefly dry out for Friday.  Temps will get into the 60s on Friday under mostly cloudy skies.  Friday night into Saturday morning we'll see a few more showers as a cold front moves through.  Saturday will still be mild and breezy, but the cold air will settle in Saturday night!  By Sunday our highs will only reach the 40s in the Upstate and 30s in the mountains under sunshine. 

So, next week's interesting system... I'm still thinking we'll have a LOT of rain to deal with Tuesday into Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  A low is forecasted to move along the northern gulf, then slowly push north through the Carolinas and Georgia.  This will bring ample moisture for some soaking rain, and possibly some wintry weather.  Right now, it looks like it may be cold enough for a little sleet in the Upstate and mountains late Monday night as the moisture first arrives, then it would turn to all rain through Tuesday and Wednesday (and a cold rain at that with temps in the 40s!).  During Wednesday, the second piece of the system (an upper level low) will swing through.  That could bring some snow for the mountains, and perhaps a flake or 2 mixed with rain in the Upstate late evening.  I'm still thinking mostly rain for the Upstate though, but if this forecast starts trending colder that could change.  You'll definitely want to keep up with the forecast!  We will be able to fine tune the timing in a few days!  Here's a quick breakdown of Tue-Thu weather next week:

Tuesday: Clouds and a few showers during the morning, sleet possible and maybe some freezing rain in high elevations early.  A cold rain for much of the day, and it could be heavy at times.

Wednesday: Showers likely

Wednesday night: Rain turns to snow for parts of the mountains.  Mostly showers for the Upstate.

Thursday: a few lingering showers in the AM, but clearing and cool for the afternoon.

We'll stay on top of this developing forecast and keep you posted with the latest model developments!

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