Monday Weather Update: A soggy start to the day with a wintry mix moving in

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Temperatures too warm, and moisture too limited.

That's been the story with this system. As robust as upper-level dynamics looked, they just weren't enough to produce significant snow, thus temperatures couldn't cool and any snow that falls will continue to melt across valley locations.

Above 3,500 feet, some minor accumulation is still possible through early evening. Once the system becomes better organized off the coast tonight, more NW flow snows will develop, leading to more accumulating snow for (mostly) higher elevations near and along the TN border into tomorrow.

Another shot at snow-again for mostly higher elevations comes early Wednesday.


WINTER STORM WARNING until Tuesday morning for Buncombe, Madision, Haywood Swain, Yancey, Mitchell, and Avery Counties above 3500 feet. 3-5 inches of snow is possible above 3500 feet with more possible for higher elevations. Elevations below 3500 feet in these counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory for several inches of snow that could fall.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will be in effect all day Monday for Graham, N. Jackson and McDowell counties above 3500 ft where up to 2 inches of snow is possible, with some favored locations possibly seeing up to 4 inches.

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High elevations are already seeing a mix of precipitation Monday morning. This transition from rain to sleet and/or snow will continue across our viewing area. Valleys, including Asheville, will see snowfall by mid-morning. Snow tapers by early to late afternoon for most valley locations. But, areas near TN could see that snow last longer today, and another round Tuesday morning.

In some valley areas it will be too warm for the snow to stick, and much of what does accumulate will melt in the afternoon. But in the higher elevations where temperatures are cooler and snow showers continue longer, the snow totals will pile up. It will also be windy, so blowing snow could cause reduced visibility in the higher elevations.

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Even colder air moves in Monday night, freezing any rain that fell during the day. With temperatures dropping into the mid to upper 20's, expect slick roads for the Tuesday morning commute. Light snow showers continue in the higher elevations near Tennessee Tuesday morning, with another round of light snow for those locations Wednesday morning.

Expect the unseasonably cold weather to continue through Thursday morning.