Very Windy TGIF Ahead

After a 60 degree plus Thursday, changes are blowing in the wind. Tony has your "hold onto your hat" and trash can forecast.

 

Trash Can Alert
 
Calling all Friday trash removal homeowners! If the Allied Waste or Waste Management people are due in your neighborhood on Friday, I suggest you do not put the trash cans out tonight.
 
Here’s the scoop.
 
On this Thursday night, a southerly flow of mild air has invaded the region. Temperatures took their good old time rising today under the morning overcast, but rebounded into the springy 60s in most areas as OL SOL made an afternoon appearance.
 
Now this Thursday night, we are watching a few gusty thundershowers approach the region as temperatures have settled back into the mild for winter 50s.
 
Those showers will cool the air for a few hours where they occur then later tonight as the south wind stiffens, the temperature will rise back into the 60s.
 
Pre-dawn a cold front will pass with a round of gusty showers and a rumble of thunder. This front is pacific in nature so by itself is unable to drop the temperature much. The stout decline on the thermometer will come by Friday afternoon and evening as a second arctic front passes.
 
Temperatures will be mainly in the 50s in the morning then drop thru the 40s in the afternoon. By dusk as readings settle into the chilly 30s in time for the WV State Wrestling evening session in Huntington and Disney on Ice in Charleston, the first snow flurries will prance across the HD Doppler Radar scope.
 
Those flurries will dust the ground locally by Saturday morning while accumulating 2”-4” at Snowshoe and Canaan Valley. That will lead to a chilly weekend for skiers, but by February standards nothing too hard to take.
 
Of course it is the wind that will garner our attention all day Friday as the westerlies sustain themselves at 20 and gust frequently to 35 and 40 miles per hour. Some minor power outs due to fallen trees will be likely.
 
As for the “Trash Can Alert”, think of it this way. A plastic even aluminum trash can set out tonight may prove no match for these window rattling winds. So unless you want to run after your cans in the morning and unless you don’t mind the “clangety-clang” of those cans rolling down the street and collecting in the cul-de-sac, it is best to wait for the first light of day to put the cans out.
 
Even then, with the winds set to blow hard all day long, there is a chance you will be sharing your trash with your understanding or not-so understanding neighbors.
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