First Warning Forecast | Rain Makes An Approach

The Remnants of “Beta” Graze Our Southern Counties
Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 9:51 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2020 at 8:46 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - There are more clouds overhead than we’ve seen in almost a week, and we’re finally getting to that long-advertised time where the remnants of what was Tropical Storm Beta are spilling through the Tennessee Valley and toward our region from the southwest. The mountains often act as a blocking mechanism for rain making it across and up through our region, but we’ll at least be penciling in some scattered showers in our southern and western counties. The clouds will become thinner to the north and east, where highs will reach the 70s. Temperatures will end up holding in the 60s where showers end up falling (again, mainly in the south).

Whereas these showers are on the isolated to scattered side during the day today, we’ll be tracking actual rain coming into these same southern counties overnight and into early Friday. It remains to be see how far north these showers end up progressing, but it’s quite a short trip to go from a light shower to a steady rain in our south. Some of the modeling projects upwards of a half-inch of rain near Pikeville and Beckley with barely anything along and north of I-64. By Friday afternoon, most of this rain will be exiting to the south and east, which is making things look better for the football games Friday night.

The air doesn’t dry out and cool down this time around like it did last weekend, which means more comfortable air in the mornings (the 50s), great for the kids at the soccer fields. Afternoons will creep back into the low 80s on Saturday and Sunday, perhaps throwing a bone to those folks that weren’t quite ready for the chill earlier this week.

Next week, we’re tracking another storm system moving across the country, and this one’s a fairly strong one (another sign of getting into the fall season). Watch for rain to swing through around a Tuesday time frame. We do need rain around here occasionally, as it would really help those fall colors shine bright. The leaves will be approaching peak conditions in the high West Virginia mountains in the next week or two!

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