Wintry weather likely this weekend

In the second week of 2019 and weeks removed from Winter Storm Diego, McDowell is expected to receive another share of wintry weather this weekend.

According to the Foothills Weather Network’s (FWN) daily weather forecast, although Thursday and Friday’s weather is expected to remain calm with sunny skies and cooler temperatures, low pressure continues to build in the southern part of the country. Precipitation is expected to begin between early Saturday morning and Saturday evening, with the increased likelihood of snowfall changing into a wintry mix, then changing to rain by Sunday. Among the counties affected in Western NC, McDowell is anticipating a 30 percent chance of accumulating winter precipitation, including snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Despite this, according to FWN forecaster Dan Crawley, there’s still a lot of uncertainty as far as accumulation and specific timeframe of precipitation.

“This is a pretty large change from the last winter storm we had,” said Crawley, referencing last December’s winter event that resulted in over 13 inches of snow across the county, multiple days of school closures, stranded motorists and extensive property damage. “There’s still a number of variables at play for this particular storm. You probably won’t need to stock up on milk and bread, but what we can say is that if you have plans made heading into Saturday night so, you might want to reevaluate, and that you should keep an eye on the weather and stay prepared either way.”

According to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) 7-day forecast, temperatures should hover between 38 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit with sunny conditions between Thursday and Friday, with Saturday anticipating a 70 percent chance of precipitation between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. before forming a rain and snow mix. By Monday and Tuesday, temperatures are expected to climb to the low to mid 40s with sunny and partly sunny conditions.

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