First Warning Forecast | Sally Misses To The South

But Autumn will land right on schedule.
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 9:35 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2020 at 9:10 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The locally dense fog this morning is lifting to reveal a more common-place smattering of clouds than we’ve seen these past several days, as the remnants of Hurricane Sally make her closest approach today. The bulk of the rain stays to the south, but our southernmost counties will get grazed with a few showers (no flooding expected). Farther to the north and west, sunshine can slip through, but either way north and south the temperatures will stay quite comfortably in the 70s. Overnight tonight a weak front drops through. Initially it will help usher the rest of Sally to the Atlantic Ocean and stir a light north wind into the air, but otherwise not seem like much. It will become something surely significant though as the colder air continues to filter in behind it. We’ll sink to the upper 50s tonight, but that’s only the beginning.

Clouds will still mull about early Friday, but that continuing northerly flow will eventually dry out the air while keeping us noticeably cooler than where we’ve been in a while. Afternoon sunshine comes with temperatures staying in the 60s. If you are planning on going to any of the games Friday night, you’ll have to get ready for temperatures dropping through the 50s. (sweatshirts on!) Campers likewise will get those fires going early and often on the weekend, but there’s a lot of good news weather-wise as well.

Like so many times following a strong tropical system’s departure, a broad area of high pressure fills in behind, allowing for upwards of half the country to see a sunny weekend. In the ensuing dry air, temperatures will be allowed to sink to levels we haven’t seen since May. Mornings will be in the 40s (frost near the ski-slopes), and afternoons stay in the 60s. Eventually, this will feel wonderful, but that first transition to sweatshirts and long sleeves is always a little bittersweet. Even into next week we’ll be keeping the sunshine around, allowing us plenty of opportunity to get settled into Fall, which starts officially on Tuesday.

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