CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) — After experiencing a day filled with windy conditions this past weekend, it appears we’re heading for more of the same this Saturday in West Virginia, with gusts of up to 60 mph in most of north central West Virginia.
There will also be some rain showers, and in higher elevations, possibly a few snowflakes moving in with that system.
Here’s how it will play out:
A low-pressure system to the north in the Great Lakes will be strengthening Friday into Saturday. As it intensifies it will first bring rain showers and breezy winds to the area. Rain will first arrive mainly in the afternoon on Friday. Winds initially will be out of the southwest at 15 to 20 mph gusting upwards of 30 mph, and thunderstorms are also possible.
Rain will last into the overnight hours of Friday and into Saturday. The heaviest of the rain will occur overnight into the morning hours. Rain totals could top out near an inch. Widespread flooding isn’t expected, but there could be localized issues.
During the day, winds will once again be an issue area-wide. Sustained winds will be between 25 to 35 mph with gusts in excess of 45 miles per hour. Gusts are approaching 60 are possible in the afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for our entire area Saturday morning until early Sunday morning. Power outages, downed power lines, tree limbs and additional damage to some buildings are possible as well.
Winds should calm down as we head overnight into Sunday. Before that, there could be another round of showers or even a few snowflakes going into the nighttime hours of Saturday. High pressure will be over Sunday as highs reach the 50s, but the following days should be pleasant for early April with highs in the mid to upper 70s.
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