WBOY STORMTRACKER 12 WEATHER SYNOPSIS:
WIND ADVISORY: Remains in effect for Randolph, Pocahontas, and Webster Counties until 6:00 AM Friday. Sustained northwest wind speeds in the 18-28 MPH range with gusts to 45 MPH are expected within the advised area. Any unsecured objects will be blown around. Downed trees & branches may also cause a few power outages. Caution driving, especially high profile vehicles.
FREEZE WARNING: Will remain in effect from 2:00 AM until 10:00 AM Friday for Harrison, Lewis, Braxton, Gilmer, Ritchie, Doddridge, Tyler & Pleasants Counties where the growing season has begun. Thursday night temperatures in the upper 20s/low 30s may kill/damage sensitive crops & vegetation if left unprotected. Take action now to protect those plants.
Our work week trudges on in a wintry fashion as the latest compact low pressure system sweeps eastward through the Upper Ohio Valley into the Laurel Highlands. Mild, rainy overnight conditions will deteriorate further by sunrise Thursday on a brisk northwest wind.
Look for near-steady or falling temperatures throughout the day under heavy, low clouds. Intermittent light rain/drizzle will mix with wet snow, especially along the northern and eastern counties into the afternoon, tapering off during the evening. One to two inches of snow are possible along the far eastern mountains of West Virginia/Maryland. Elsewhere, warmer temperatures will result in little to no wintry impact on travel.
Temperatures hang mostly in the upper 30s along the mountains and limp through the low 40s elsewhere. Gusty northwest winds will add a bite to the already chilly air, resulting in wind chill values ranging from single digits/teens in the mountains to 20s/30s elsewhere Thursday evening and overnight.
Slow improvement is expected from west to east Friday with stubborn clouds and lingering light snow/flurries finally tapering off in the far eastern mountains sometime Friday afternoon. Some with note temperatures near 50 which is still roughly 15 degrees cooler than average for this time of year. However points along the eastern mountains will stay much cooler, limping through the 30s/40s.
While dry, weekend weather will likely start cooler than average. We'll warm up with near-normal temperatures by Sunday. Well-deserved dry weather will prevail into earl next week. Next rain chances arrive late Tuesday, lingering into Wednesday and Thursday.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, breezy and chilly with a morning rain/snow mix tapering off from west to east after lunch. Temperatures: near-steady. High: 45. Wind: Northwest 18-28. Gusts up to 45 MPH.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mainly cloudy, brisk and windy with lingering mountain snow tapering off. Low: 29. Wind: Northwest 16-26. Gusts: 40 MPH.
FRIDAY: Mainly cloudy and not as cold with partial clearing from west to east. Spotty mountain snow ending after lunch. High: 51. Low: 28.
SATURDAY: Mainly sunny, dry and not as cool. High: 56. Low: 33.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, continued dry and slightly warmer. High: 67. Low: 40.
MONDAY: Mainly sunny, dry and seasonally mild. High: 68. Low: 43.
TUESDAY: Partly cloudy, mild and mostly dry with hit/miss evening rain showers. High: 69. Low: 44.
WEDNESDAY: Generally cloudy, not as warm with scattered rain showers. High: 64. Low: 42
--StormTracker 12 Meteorologist, Shawn Householder
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