WSAZ Wrestling Invitational Weather
It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year. Indeed the next to last weekend in January is known for a few things. First there is the WSAZ Wrestling Invitational which brims with history and nostalgia. Mind you, I am not a wrestler, but I do enjoy the Saturday night of takedowns at the Big Sandy as 1,000 grapplers from 5 states arrive in Huntington.
Secondly, there is the lore of the weather for the Tournament as it seems just the mention of the term WSAZ Invite spurs the mention of snow and cold . Talk to old timers like Bill Archer and you will hear tales of biting cold and icy snow squalls as if by magic.
Locally, Friday will turn into a cloudy-hazy day with a pale silhouette of the sun dimly shining through the cloud cover midday. The lack of strong sun and an easterly breeze will keep a chilly feel to the air. Morning temperatures in the 20s will struggle to get out of the 30s by day’s end.
By late afternoon as the doors open for the WSAZ Invite at the Big Sandy and the Hunt and Fish Show in Charleston, clouds will lower and thicken with a mix of rain and sleet developing across the region. That shield of mixed precipitation will fall mainly with air and ground temperatures above 32 so icing is not likely through most of the region.
However, in Interior Southern Ohio far and North Central WV from Portsmouth to Pomeroy and Parkersburg, a period of freezing conditions at ground level could make travel by car and foot slippery mainly between 6 and midnight Friday.
By Saturday, a chilly rain with fog in the hills will be the rule while an hour drive away from Portsmouth, an ice storm will be winding down. Areas in the ice zone figure to the Jefferson Outlets, Columbus-Chillicothe and Cincinnati as well as Zanesville Ohio.
Farther north a swath of 4 to 6 inches of snow is likely north of I-70/I-71 including Piqua Ohio. That’s important for my friends from the Hurricane High Show Choir who are taking their act of musical razzmatazz on the road. Since the snow and ice will be hitting by dusk on Friday, any travel plans that can be completed during the day to these areas are recommended.