Fall Comeback Before Sandy
This Friday night a brisk autumn front is crossing the region armed with a north wind and falling temperatures. High school football games in Ohio and Northern Kentucky are feeling the drop in time for the opening kickoff while games in Southern and Central West Virginia won’t sense the coolness until the 4th quarter or even the drive home after the final gun.
Oddly the front is passing dry. The rain is lagging behind the front by 3-5 hours so most games will be played without any rain, though the Portsmouth Trojan game in Chillicothe and the Lewis County Lion game in Vanceburg will likely see a second half shower.
Late tonight light rain will work in from the west so early morning distance/charity runs may go off with some misty rain falling.
As for the weekend, grey skies will be locking in with spells of light rain and drizzle. No heavy rain is expected but tailgaters outside “the Joan” and visitors to the CK Autumnfest will find the going less than comfortable.
By Monday winds will be picking up as Hurricane Sandy makes a beeline for the Middle Atlantic coastline. New Jersey or Delmarva seem to be the most likely candidates for a direct strike from a strong Tropical Storm-weak Hurricane. This will send a wave of new showers our way. These new rains will be wind driven (gusts to 30 even 40 miles per hour in the river valleys and 50 mph in the mountains) no doubt blowing many umbrellas inside out..
The air is likely to chill to the snow point at all the ski lodges first, then from mountain summit to river valley floor, the change will occur. So the first snows will be noted at Snowshoe, Canaan, Timberline and Winterplace…then descending the Appalachains….Webster Springs, Buckhannon, Lewisburg, Richwood are next. In time even the valley towns along the Ohio, Big Sandy and Kanawha Rivers will see the first flakes of the season fly.
Accumulation-wise, a half a foot is likely at the ski lodges, a general 3” in the low mountains between the 2500 and 3500 foot level with maybe a night-time grassy coat elsewhere. Power outs would be possible where heavy wet snows stick to trees and leaves.
Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center so you can track Sandy.
We have also added a neat link to our webpage for your tracking pleasure.
I will update Sandy’s progress and her expected impacts on our region as needed this weekend.