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Weather Authority: Warmer today, wet and cooler for the weekend

Weather Authority: Warmer today, wet and cooler for the weekend

Dry and warmer weather today, then Pacific storm moves through Sunday and Monday with rain, mountain snow, and gusty wind.

Your Carolina "future radar" model remains active late in the weekend with a cold front forcing a strong line of showers and storms.

The bulk of the rain will fall during the first half of Saturday with close to an inch possible through Saturday night.

Friday will mark the final day of this unseasonably warm weather. However, the bigger story will be the winds shifting to an east or northeasterly direction and temperatures plummeting from near 80 degrees Saturday afternoon to the 50s, 40s and possibly 30s in a matter of a few hours Saturday night. So if we don't make it to 42, we will set the lowest high temperature record for that date. Highs will return to the lower 80s for your Friday. The majority of the snow should melt off Sunday into Monday as high temperatures climb back into the 50s and 60s. Today's high is 81 degrees with partly cloudy skies.

During the evening and overnight the rain will change over to all snow and track east with the heaviest snow likely along and north of Interstate 70.

An enhanced risk of storms means there will be up to a 30% chance of a storm containing damaging winds, isolated, perhaps strong tornadoes, and large hail within a 25 mile radius of any point in the enhanced area.

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Friday afternoon will be cooler, but with another day of winds possibly gusting to 60 miles per hour, combined with dry air and fuels, it's again a day favorable for fire ignition.

SUNDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Through the morning and afternoon expect variable clouds and a low-end shower or storm chance.

Skies will clear into Tuesday night, with a low around 35.

This storm will start to taper off Friday but some morning snow showers are possible.

Tuesday will be sunny.

The strong winds will also keep temperatures well above average, reaching the upper 70s again on Thursday afternoon.