Happy New Year and what a way to start with this view over Clingmans Dome. Temperatures in the valley are currently sitting in the lower 40's with high's to be near 50 degrees early this afternoon. Sunshine should stick around to this evening before a chance for isolated showers graze the northeastern quadrant of the state.
Surface map shows a low to the north with a trailing cold front. This front will slide through overnight providing cloud cover, isolated shower chances, and yes, you guessed it: some cooler temperatures. Not to worry though, temperatures will be right on average for this time of the year with high's tomorrow in the mid 40's. Sunshine will work back in tomorrow afternoon as well, as high pressure from the west replaces the front.
We will be relatively quiet the first half of the week. Besides the isolated shower chances tonight, things stay partly sunny to sunny with temperatures very seasonable. Towards the end of the week we could see some better rain chances from a system to the south, but model guidance is having trouble narrowing in on a solution. As of now, scattered showers are likely during the day for Thursday and early Friday with a few snow flurries possible Wednesday night and Thursday night.
Mid-January paints a similar story with temperatures remaining average. Longer term data suggests the opportunity for a cold swing late January into February, so we'll continue to keep an eye on that. For now, enjoy some sunshine and average temperatures before some rain/flurries mix in later this week.
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