Good evening! We'll have a cool, gray, cloudy, raw, damp day on Saturday with temperatures running some 25 to 30 degrees cooler than what we had Friday. High temperature at my place in Whiteville was 83 degrees, about 25 degrees above the seasonal average. We'll have more beautiful spring-like warmth next week, but first we have to deal with Saturday.
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Saturday's weather will feature an easterly wind off the Atlantic ocean bringing lots of clouds and occasional areas of light rain and drizzle. Not looking at an all-day rain, and not looking at significant rainfall amounts, but it'll be just enough to require use of the windshield wipers every once in a while, and require the use of headlights if you're doing any traveling. The area of low pressure shown by early Saturday afternoon over northern Georgia/extreme SW North Carolina will move to just north of Virginia Beach by tomorrow evening, and then well off to the north and east by Sunday morning. The area of organized, heavier rain will move north through Virginia and not impact southeast NC or northeast SC.
IMPACTS: Rainfall -- light, spotty, intermittent, nuisance-type. No significant impacts.
Here's a look at forecast high temperatures the next few days, courtesy of NOAA (click to enlarge).
EXTENDED OUTLOOK: A subtropical ridge will be firmly in control through much of the upcoming work week. A moist flow of southerly air will crank our temperatures well above the seasonal averages. There is a chance of some showers on Washington's Birthday (Monday, aka "President's Day"), as a warm front lifts south to north over the area. This opens the doors to the dramatic warm-up for the middle of the week. The next chance for showers comes Thursday as a cold front begins to approach from the north.
GET OUT AND ENJOY IT!!