Snow To Sunshine; From The Mountains To The Triad

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Greensboro, NC -- As the calendar flips from September to October in comes with cool and snowy preview of the season ahead.

A cold front swung through the area on Friday afternoon and began to usher in this early season chill. Temperatures Saturday morning across the Piedmont dropped well in to the 40s with a low temperature at The Piedmont Triad International Airport of 46 degrees.

Though dry air has invaded the Triad in the wake of the passing cold front, wrap around moisture associated with an area of low pressure spinning over Pennsylvania has brought snow to the North Carolina Mountains.

Snow was reported falling in Beech Mountain, NC Friday night.  Snow was also see in Boone Saturday as the cold, Canadian air continued to dive south and interact with the circulating moisture. Trees and other elevated surfaces through the northwest North Carolina mountains were covered with at least a dusting of snow Saturday morning. 

More snow is expected in the mountains through Sunday with some locations, especially in West Virginia potentially seeing up to three inches of accumulation.

If your weekend plans take you to the mountains and you encounter some of the early season snow be sure to share your pictures in our photo galleries section on or on our facebook page.

The early taste of winter will remain in the mountains this weekend as sunshine across the Triad helps to warm temperatures into the lower 60s Saturday afternoon.  The cool air rushing into the Triad will create breezy conditions Saturday with winds out of the northwest from 15-20 mph.

Moisture associated with the spinning low pressure system to the north could spread a few more clouds across the Triad Saturday afternoon and into the overnight. Conditions will likely remain partly cloudy, however, as temperatures steadily cool into the lower 40s in most locations. Rural communities very well could see temperatures briefly sink into the upper 30s around sunrise Sunday morning.

The overall weather pattern will be very slow to change over the next 72 hours which will keep this early season chill in place through Monday.  Temperatures on Sunday will return to the lower 60s before cooling once again into the lower 40s Sunday night.

WFMY News 2

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