Wild Wednesday Weather Update

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The warmest day of the year is now under our belts as highs topped out in the springy mid 70s on Tuesday.

The oddity is that while Wednesday will start warm, showers and thunderstorms will be passing in two distinct waves to be followed by still another surge of last season Arctic air.

That first warm wave of rain may awaken some from bed in the pre-dawn hours and will be followed by a several hour break to dry weather in time for the construction and landscape day.

The second band of rain looks to arrive mid day, (before noon west and early afternoon east). This lunchtime surge will be armed with a quick burst of rain, a rush of wind with gusts in spots to 50 miles per hour and even a brief hail storm in places.

As eventful as that weather will be, it’s what comes after the rain that will be especially newsworthy!

You see this ‘arctic front’ will be followed by a late season blast of bitter cold air. Watch the temperature as it falls 30 degrees in a mere 3 hours with the passage of the front.

With precipitation becoming more widespread after the front crosses and coincident to the temperature tumble, it appears a sudden change to sleet then snow will accompany the northwest blusters as they swoop into town.

The warm ground will repel the first hour of the sleet before chilling below freezing in time for evening rush hour.

It is likely that roads will ice up with a general inch or two of wind driven powdery snow to fall.

By the time the snows wind down after midnight, roads are likely to be so slick that a major alteration in the school schedule is likely come Thursday morning when the temperature hovers near 15 degrees with a wind chill below zero!

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