Mountain Area Forecast ( October 7-9 )
ALERT For Strong Winds & Heavy Rainfall Developing Sunday Into Monday Morning With Remnants of Nate
Strong Rises On Mountain Streams Will Become Possible By Sunday Night Into Monday Morning
Remnants of Hurricane Nate will begin impacting the mountain region Saturday Night into Sunday Morning with developing rain. Rainfall will become heavy during Sunday into Monday Morning, especially along windward slopes & crestlines of major orographic features like the High Knob Massif.
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Overnight Into Saturday Morning
Partly-mostly clear ( some high clouds ). Becoming gusty higher elevations. SSE-SSW winds increasing to 10-20 mph, with higher gusts, on middle to upper elevation mountain ridges. Temps varying from 40s in cooler mountain valleys ( sheltered from winds ) to middle-upper 50s to around 60 degrees on exposed mountain ridges and plateaus.
Becoming partly to mostly cloudy & more humid. Winds SSE-SSW at 10-20 mph, with higher gusts. Temperatures varying from upper 60s to lower 70s ( 18 to 22 Celsius ) in upper elevations, above 3000 feet, to middle-upper 70s ( 24-26 Celsius ) at elevations below 3000 feet. Warmest at low elevations in the Hanging Rock Recreation Area where temperatures could rise above 80 degrees ( 27 Celsius ).
Saturday Night Into Sunday Morning
Becoming cloudy with light rain developing overnight into morning. Cloud bases lowering to near or below the summit level of the High Knob Massif. SSE-S winds 5-15 mph below 2700 feet. Winds S-SW 10-25 mph, with higher gusts, above 2700 feet ( especially on mountain ridges ). Temperatures falling into the 60s ( 16-18 Celsius ).
Sunday Morning Through The Afternoon
Increasing rain, with a chance for thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall likely, especially along windward slopes and crestlines of the High Knob Massif. Lesser rain amounts in downslope locales in central-northern Wise and Dickenson-Buchanan counties.
Winds SE-SSE at 10-25 mph, with higher gusts in upper elevations ( lighter winds at lower elevations in hollows-valleys ). Temps near steady in low-mid 60s ( 16-18 Celsius ) at high elevations and in the upper 60s to middle 70s ( 20-22 Celsius ) at lower elevations ( below 2000 feet ).
Sunday Night Into Monday Morning
Rain becoming heavy. A chance of thunderstorms. Windy. Dense fog ( orographic clouds ) across upper elevations in the High Knob Massif. SE-S winds 15-25 mph, with higher gusts below 2700 feet. SSE to SSW winds 25-35 mph, with gusts over 50 mph, at elevations above 2700 feet. Temps widespread in the 60s ( low-mid 60s in upper elevations ).