Weekend Weather Update

Active Winter Pattern Steamrolls On

On this wet and bone chilling Friday evening, West Virginia high school wrestling fans have gathered in Huntington for state title weekend. As I have learned through the years at the WSAZ Wrestling Invitational held in January, wrestling fans are hard core when it comes to the weather. Nothing and I mean nothing keeps them from attending their meets.

At the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, it’s a Night at the Apollo with song and dance. In Charleston, the Disney on Icers are in town with their version of “Finding” Nemo on frozen pond

Well, the good news on this last weekend of February is that no severe winter weather is expected. Still, I have been watching ceilings this afternoon that have lowered to less than 1000 feet and now at 9 pm those clouds are 300-600 feet overhead. That means there is a bank of fog overhead this Friday evening. Now with the temperature cooling a few more degrees, that fog bank should lower into the river valleys by midnight. So you may well be traveling in a Pea Soup late tonight!

By the way, the snow and ice on the ground in southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky will keep the air chilled a few extra degrees tonight. So as a precaution, my colleagues at the National Weather Service in Wilmington Ohio have issued a freezing rain advisory for Lewis Kentucky and Pike and Scioto Ohio. I will add anyone who lives in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia where snow and ice remain have the chance of seeing some light icing tonight.

Saturday will remain overcast damp and chilly with areas of fog and mist as well as a few flurries. The high ground from Eastern Kanawha County near Chelyan-Montgomery and down the Midland Trail into the mountains may have a dusting of snow at dawn.

As skies brighten Sunday and Monday, the damp chill will be replaced by a milder feel. Figure 40s on Sunday when clouds may not open up until afternoon and 50s on Monday when springy breezes may well blow.

After that another powerhouse winter storm will be heading our way. This storm was first hinted at last weekend by our trusty European model. Now on this Friday night, all 3 of our long range weather models (recall a model is a mathematical simulation of the future state of the atmosphere) from America, Europe and Canada are suggesting a Tuesday rain storm turns into a wet and driving snowfall by Tuesday night and Wednesday.

What intrigues me is that 2 of the 3 models have a potent pocket of high energy/high moisture air arriving in time for Tuesday night's temperature plunge. If these 2 work in unison (the cold and the moist pocket), we would get our biggest snowfall of the season Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Four nights in advance all I can say is stay informed on our latest at WSAZ.COM and Newschannel 3 and if you are a snow lover, keep your fingers crossed!


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