After reaching a milestone of the first 80 degree day of the year last Saturday, this Saturday could bring snow to parts of the High Country.
Much cooler conditions will be the weather story to end this work week and heading into the weekend. But first, more rain is expected on Thursday but it is not currently forecast to lead to flooding conditions as occurred in Boone on Monday.
The main story for Thursday will be the wind, as there is a Wind Advisory in effect from noon Thursday to midnight. Gusts up to 50 mph will be possible. A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph.
High temperatures will noticeably drop from today (Wednesday) to Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s forecast high is in the upper 50s, a roughly 10-12 degree difference from Wednesday’s high in the low 70s. Friday gets even cooler with cloudy skies and rain keeping forecast highs only in the upper 40s.
The cooler conditions will bring the possibility for snow late Saturday night. The National Weather Service says, in a Wednesday afternoon update, that wet snowflakes could be possible at the higher elevations. No accumulation is expected due to the recent Spring & Summer like temperatures.
Although rare to see snow in May it has occurred. The greatest one day snowfall in May, according to data from the State Climate Office, happen on May 3, 1945 with 2 inches recorded in Blowing Rock and 0.3 inches on May 7, 1944 also in Blowing Rock.