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All good things must come to an end ....

No matter how nice it was, you didn't think that all that sunshine could last forever did you? The sunny day streak will come to an end Tuesday after 11 straight days of clear skies -- pretty impressive If I do say so myself. The culprit for bringing about this change will be a low pressure system currently lurking in the Gulf of Mexico.

This system is already tracking northeastward on this Monday morning and is making a B-Line for the Carolinas. Now here's the timeline with this system. Much of the day on Monday, we'll enjoy mostly sunny skies. By Monday afternoon we should begin to see some clouds streaming into the area from the west. After sunset, showers will begin to develop across the Carolinas.

Tuesday will start off mainly cloudy with just some scattered showers and a few dry spells, but by Tuesday afternoon, fairly steady rain showers will be draped across much of the state. The heaviest rain will occur during the afternoon and evening. Early Wednesday morning around sunrise the front will pass through the area and allow us to clear out making for a nice day.

The funny thing is that the passage of this "cold front" is that is will not really bring in any cooler air - at least not quickly. In it's make-up the air mass will be a slightly cooler one, but with all the sunshine in our area we'll actually see high temperatures Wednesday similar to or higher than our highs for Tuesday. That will make for a pleasant mid-week forecast with highs in the low 70's.

But the fun doesn't stop there. We have not one, but two cold fronts in the forecast - the second of which WILL actually bring some cooler air into the Carolinas. This will swing through during the day Thursday without much fanfare as a large area of high pressure slips southward from Canada settling into the Southeast making it feel like mid to late Fall.

Perhaps the biggest weather story across the country over the past couple of days has been the first real winter storm of the season. That swept across Minnesota and Wisconsin over the weekend, but not before dropping a cool 9-10 inches! The Twin Cities were hit hard and thousands were left without power. Sure, it's not out of the ordinary to see snow in these parts during November, but almost a foot of snow is certainly a lot this early in the season.

No snow in our forecast. At least not yet!

That's all for now.

-TB

 

By: Tim Buckley

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