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Forecast Last Updated at Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:59PM

Zeta Rain Coming

After a relatively warm and sunny day today, clouds thicken on Wednesday, and rain won’t be too far behind. The core of the rain from the remnants of Zeta will impact the Foothills Wednesday night and through the first half of Thursday with locally heavy rain possible. Rainfall totals of one to three inches will be a good bet during this time period. We clear out and cool off on Friday.

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Tuesday

Hi: 78 Lo: 55

Partly to mostly cloudy; Calm wind
Wednesday

Hi: 70 Lo: 61

Becoming mostly cloudy; Rain becoming likely late; Rain could become heavy at times Wednesday night; Light south wind becoming 5-10 mph at night
Thursday

Hi: 73 Lo: 52

Cloudy with rain, heavy at times through early afternoon; Some clearing late-day & Thursday night; South wind 5-15 mph gusting to 25, diminishing & turning SW
Friday

Hi: 66 Lo: 38

Mostly sunny; Cooler
Saturday

Hi: 58 Lo: 38

Bright sunshine; Cool; Pleasant Halloween

Further Out

Sunday - Some extra clouds; Maybe a passing daytime sprinkle; High in the lower 60s; Low in the upper 30s
Monday - Clear; Cool; High in the upper 50s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

Tropical Storm Zeta has emerged off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and will regain hurricane strength tonight as it heads into the open Gulf of Mexico. Landfall along the Louisiana coast is expected Wednesday night, and then a track right up the Appalachians is expected on Thursday. On this course, rain will overspread western North Carolina late Wednesday, with the core of the rain coming Wednesday night through early afternoon Thursday.

Once Zeta gets past, much cooler, drier air invades on Friday, setting us up for a seasonably cool but clear Halloween. A follow-up frontal boundary will bring a reinforcing shot of cool air on Sunday (just a passing sprinkle or light shower possible with the frontal passage). Monday looks clear, but cool.

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