A cold front is expected in Asheville beginning the night of Nov. 18 when temperatures will drop to as low as 28 degrees, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Outlaw.
The rest of the weekend will follow suit with highs in the low 50s and lows in the high 20s and 30s Nov. 19 and 20. Conditions will warm up slightly Sunday when a high of 57 and low of 39 is expected.
“It’s that time of the year,” he said. “We can expect changeable conditions where you have warmer temperatures ahead of the cold front. That’s typical for this time of year.”
Sunday’s relative warmth isn’t predicted to last. Another cold front should hit Asheville, sending temperatures as low as 23 and 24 degrees, Nov. 22 and 23, respectively, according to Outlaw. This front should also bring 25 mph winds.
“That’s what we call breezy,” he said.
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The plunging temperatures are reason enough to bring plants and animals inside, Outlaw said.
While it has been colder than usual this month — about 1.7 degrees lower in a typical November in Asheville — Outlaw said a relatively mild winter is expected through the North Carolina mountains where temperatures are predicted to be “a little bit lower than normal.”
That means no white Christmas this year, according to the meteorologist.
“Of course, the possibility of having snow is going to be greatest along the North Carolina/Tennessee border,” Outlaw said.
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