Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

Turn and face the strange...

It's going to be one of them Fridays I guess...

Just like we talked about yesterday, a huge contrast of air will be riding in, sending those mild morning temperatures down the memory hole-- and quite quickly too. Breezy winds on the one hand forcing them upward ahead of the front, and then sharply downward on the back-side, all in a matter of a few hours.

The NAM is still quite consistent on this point:

NAM - Wind-Field - Midday Friday NAM - Temperature - Midday Friday NAM - Precipitation- Midday Friday

You should notice those 70-degree temperatures in the Kanawha Valley at the same time as the 40s are plowing into the Huntington area. That is going to be real noticeable, especially to folks caught unawares in shorts and t-shirts. Plan for those layers when heading out to work; the temperatures for the ride home are going to be MUCH cooler than the ride in.

As far as the rain is concerned, we do need the stuff, and most folks will get between 0.5" and 1". Expect the bulk to fall in just a 6-hour period. The prospects for severe weather are pretty low too, as this storm system is a quick mover and represents a front that is pretty-well elongated from the actual low pressure center. There will likely be a flare-up timed with the heating of the day, but that figures to be on the other side of the mountains.

Following this front, a dry spell arrives under nice high pressure. At first there'll be some clouds in the mix because of the colder air advection aloft, but eventually we'll settle in for a couple of days of seasonably cool skies with plenty of sunshine. Just like last week though, the morning temperatures will leave a lot to be desired:

GFS - Min Temps - Saturday Morning GFS - Min Temps - Sunday Morning

Ugh! To think it'd be possible to squeeze out a snowflake in the mountains (don't even worry about it). Just remember the blankets and long sleeves if packing the kids up for an early soccer game Saturday morning. The coats will come in handy Sunday morning for church as well.

As you see on the 7-Day forecast below, we do get better in the afternoons of course, but the mid 80s will be on haitus. Don't look now, but there's yet another cold plunge waiting for us late next week too!

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

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Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active Warnings
Current Temperatures HD Doppler Radar Estimated Rainfall Active NWS Warnings
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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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