Clouds break for a cool but pleasant weekend

The rain has ended and things are looking up again. But it will take a while for the temperatures to come around-- not too long though.

Greetings everyone!

Between 0.25" and 0.6" of rain came through Friday night, and the severe weather stayed out of town. Wind gusts with the initial line of showers rang in with a modest 30-mph, and temperatures dropped about 20° within the hour that followed behind it. We were expecting the best risk of severe weather just to our west (along I-75 near the Lexington, KY area), and there were several reports of wind gusts that caused some damage out that way, but the line made it here after sunset with less juice available for mischief. No complaints from me.

As a result of the slightly muted nature of the event, not enough rainfall arrived to quelly the wildfire danger (just pausing it a little bit), and the tree pollen count has only been sliced to moderate levels for the day-- it will soar once again this weekend (sorry allergy sufferers!)

HPC - Surface Map - Saturday PM

High pressure enters the picture for the weekend, though while the center is just to our west we can expect some cooler than normal temperatures. Most of that experience goes from Friday afternoon straight through Sunday morning. Highs near 60 don't exactly scream for the sweaters or anything, but coming off readings in the mid-80s several days previous it will be a noticeable thing. It certainly could be worse. The morning hours will actually feature the most uncomfortable temperatures.

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

This means plenty of sweaters out there for the early games at the soccerfields Saturday, and probably a few changes in outfit options for Sunday morning services. Patchy frost may well accompany the sunrise on Sunday, so some plant/flower concerns may be out there too. The growing season hasn't technically/officially started yet though, so we should be still expecting a frosty morning here and there this time of year.

But we did see the final end of one thing: Snowfall.

National Snow Map - Snowfall Depth - April 12th, 2013

Even though there's an indication of some lingering snow in the near-uninhabited areas of the Kumbrabow Forest, by-and-large the tri-state is finally done with the snow. The town of Davis, WV saw it's last bits melt away as of Friday morning. This means it's time to take stock of the winter-that-was... I'll try to get around to it soon.

GFS - Monday Morning GFS - Tuesday Morning

A weak storm system will scoot beneath us early Monday, but can get close to the Beckley area for a few showers. The next front that arrives will occur Tuesday. Notice the red line on the map, signifying the 850mb temperatures getting back above 10°C. From Sunday afternoon on through next week temperatures will be warming back to 70 and 80. Add to that the "April Showers" feel coming mid-week, things are shaping up to be approvingly orderly...

....for now ;-)

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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