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First Warning Forecast | Taking Mild Skies Into The Weekend

But staying dry is a little more iffy.
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 8:28 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2020 at 9:01 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Our pleasant southwesterly breezes continue to bring the mild air this morning, sending us to the 60s once more this afternoon. Enjoy plentiful sunshine, at least at first, before fading to hazy clouds in from the west later today. The mild air is a welcome treat to a Friday, but will still bring that elevated fire danger given the dry ground and dry vegetation -- just forget about burning the leaf pile these days. Skies continue to cloud up tonight, but it will be comfortable (by November standards) for the games tonight, with temperatures dropping through the 50s after dark.

There is a storm system that is gathering strength to our west, but at first it will only send clouds our way. Saturday will stay more cloudy than not, but as far as rain risks there will be at least a few spotty showers, mainly in the western counties. More hours than not will stay dry. Temperatures again will reach up around 60°, so still a lot to be pleased with. As this storm approaches more fully on Sunday, we’ll see our winds picking up again... but it helps lift the approaching rain to our north, carving out some pretty good hours on that day as well. Highs will again hit the 60s. But, eventually the rain will come, and the hunters especially should take note. Expect the rains to swing through overnight Sunday through Monday morning, and we’ll see crashing temperatures to match. I’m not sure how many hunters enjoy tree stands in a wind-driven rain and temperatures in the upper 30s, but that looks like what you’re going to have to prepare for if you want to be out there at first light.

Tuesday will feature a recovery of sorts, so the more tepid hunters among us might enjoy the sunshine despite the frosty chill in the morning. Wednesday travelers may be able to get out of town early in the morning under dry skies (though in truth not many of us are going anywhere in this COVID world), but rain will soon enter the picture. Expect showers to even lean into Thanksgiving day as well, but we’ve got a lot of time to keep an eye on it.

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