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Rain very likely in Asheville on opening day of Moogfest



10/28/2011 - Rain very likely in Asheville on opening day of Moogfest
by Romando Dixson - Asheville Citizen Times


ASHEVILLE -- Music lovers may want to come prepared for wet weather during this weekend's Moogfest. Rain is likely on the opening day of the popular electronic music festival, but the show will go on.

There is a 90 percent chance of rain today, according to the National Weather Service, and a significant drop in temperatures will accompany the rain. The Asheville area has enjoyed highs in the 70s this week, but the thousands of visitors to the city, and others, will have to deal with the effects of a cold front this weekend.

"Temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler than normal for the weekend," said Terry Benthall, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "They've been a few degrees above normal for the past several days."

The Weather Service predicts a high of 48 today, with temperatures falling into the low 40s by 5 p.m. and near freezing overnight.

There is a chance of rain and sleet early Saturday morning, but rain is not expected to be much of a factor after that. Highs in the mid-50s are expected Saturday and Sunday with mostly sunny skies, which should give music enthusiasts a chance to enjoy the new outdoor Animoog Playground without worrying about rain.

"Most of the weekend is going to be nice," Benthall said.

Rain or shine, many downtown restaurants and bars are expecting a big bump in business. Roy Lowery, a bartender at Hannah Flanagan's Irish Pub of Asheville, said last year the music festival was better for business than Bele Chere.

"All of our employees made more money, and we had more sales than during Bele Chere," he said. "I hope we get the same this year."

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