First Warning Forecast | Welcome To October

Hope you brought your jacket.
Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 9:40 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 9:16 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - In a supposedly less-crazy time, 2019, we flipped the calendar to October after having gone nearly the whole month of September without measurable rainfall and temperatures averaging 89° each afternoon. October 1st-3rd refused to buck the trend, putting us in the 90s, as high as 94° the first three days of the month. Fast-forward to 2020, and we actually get a little bit of balance to that scenario. As early clouds depart for sunshine, temperatures will only be able to muster the upper 60s to near 70° -- something that simply wasn’t even thought of as possible last year, where even the morning lows could hardly drop into that range.

Just as soon as we get back to the sunshine today, its hours will be numbered, as we’re going to be tracking another quick-hitting front advancing through the Ohio Valley. This one has an even deeper push of cold air behind it, so it will be able to generate a better scattering of showers as it comes through. Even still, we’re not expecting much; it’s the colder air that follows that should have your attention much more so. Look for the mid 40s tonight, and a struggle through the 50s tomorrow. The arriving cold air is a cloud producer, so watch for the sunshine to only be partial on Friday.

High pressure moves in for the weekend, giving us a good amount of sunshine, but now ‘radiational cooling’ will return to the weather lexicon. This is when the Earth naturally radiates out its heat outward to the atmosphere, cooling itself down further without any clouds above to help insulate. Saturday morning’s numbers should sink to around 40°, but some frosty upper 30s should be out there as well, particularly in the mountain valleys. It’s not going to be fun for the kiddos at the youth soccer fields (or maybe moreso the parents), but it will be a great thing for the fall color season. It’s still early, but those frosty mornings are great kickstarts for color, and we’re on a much better track than the past few years. We’ve been hearing about 50% color at the ski slope elevations, so next week should be pretty good for the leaf peepers.

Back down to the regular elevations, we’ll keep the sunshine around for a good chunk of Sunday too, but our next weather system will be sneaking in before that day is over, and then we’ll have Tri-State area wide rainfall that night through Monday (also good for the foliage). We started off the week in the low 80s, but even next week those kinds of numbers will be hard to come by, which makes one wonder if we will ever see them again before next spring.

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