By all accounts it has not felt like December in the High Country, but that will change at least a little toward the end of this week. Much colder air is forecast to move in starting Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service, and that will bring the best chance of snow so far for late 2015. However don’t set your sights on much of the white stuff. In a Monday briefing NWS mentions that a dusting is possible for the High Country. Some locations just to the east of the Blue Ridge could see flurries.
The main weather story will be the cold, but it will short lived. High temperatures on Friday are forecast to drop into the upper 30s, and then mid 30s on Saturday for most locations. Wind chill values in the single digits will be possible Friday night through Saturday night. Temperatures will bounce back quickly with forecast highs back into the 50s on Monday.
Ahead of the colder weather comes rain moving in late Wednesday night and lasting into Thursday night, before the possible change over to snow showers. So far for the season, the only noticeable snow occurred on November 22, with some locations in the southern portion of Watauga receiving a dusting on untreated surfaces such as porches and vehicle hoods.
Conditions have just not been favorable for snow so far for December. Through December 15, Boone has officially recorded high temperatures in the 60s – 3 times, 50s – 9 times and in the 40s one time.