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NWS Flood Watch (Burke County)

Current Conditions
Morg-Len Apt

Temp: 52.7°F
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Morganton-Lenoir Airport , NC

Forecast Last Updated at Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 5:44AM

Less Wet

Unsettled weather continues today with more showers, but it won’t be nearly as wet as yesterday and overnight. Wednesday looks mostly dry with a bit more sunshine (along with milder temperatures). Merlefest could be a little wet to start, but should culminate with a dry weekend. For details about Merlefest weather, see our Hour-by-Hour Merlefest Forecast.

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Tuesday

Hi: 62 Lo: 49

Cloudy with showers; NE wind 5-10 mph becoming calm tonight
Wednesday

Hi: 69 Lo: 47

Morning clouds yielding to partly sunny skies by afternoon; Perhaps a stray early shower; Warmer; NW wind 5-15 mph
Thursday

Hi: 66 Lo: 46

Becoming cloudy; A period of rain is likely by late afternoon and evening; Light SW wind
Friday

Hi: 68 Lo: 45

Partly cloudy; Nice weather
Saturday

Hi: 71 Lo: 44

Lots of sunshine; Pleasant

Further Out

Sunday - Bright sunshine; Nice weather to be outside; High in the lower 70s; Low in the mid 40s
Monday - Abundant sunshine; More great weather to be outside; High in the lower 70s; Low in the upper 40s

Forecast Discussion

A vertically-stacked low-pressure system, extending near the surface to the top of the troposphere, is lumbering across the region today. It will keep the weather generally gray and showery, although the rainfall won’t be as steady as it was yesterday/last night.

The low gets off the playing field on Wednesday, so we expect a mostly dry day. There’s enough low level moisture left behind to keep quite a bit of clouds around, but there will be enough sunshine to promote milder high temperatures, too.

A chunk of energy rotating through the mean upper level trough position over the eastern United States will promote another low-pressure wave late Thursday into Thursday night. That will likely generate another period of rain Thursday evening and night. We finally clear out for good by Friday.

Next weekend looks delightful, with high pressure building in and providing some really nice outdoor weather.

So, for Merlefest, some rain is possible for Thursday evening festivities, then dry after that. The weekend should be ideal for the festival. Just be sure to have a jacket handy for the evening concerts as it will be rather cool each evening.

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