Rain to usher in 2021

Wet start to the new year
Chief meteorologist Tony Cavalier says the first few days of 2021 will be mild by January standards.
Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 7:22 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -Thursday’s rains of a half to one inch brought the total accumulation of water for the year to 45-50 inches across the region. A fitting end to the wet year gone by. Now taking a cue from its predecessor, 2021 is set to pick up where its soggy brother year left off.

First things first, temperatures will remain in the 30s but well above freezing for most overnight through mid-morning on Friday, so a dampish chill will greet virtual 5K races in the morning. By that time a new surge of rain will be approaching from the southwest. While most areas will be safely above 32 degrees, interior Southern Ohio generally north of the Bob Evans Highway (Route 35 from Gallia to Jackson and Ross counties) will be close enough to freezing to warrant a close inspection of bridge conditions when rain arrives. That’s why a Winter Weather Advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for this zone.

In time, warming southern breezes will pick up by noon with temperatures rising into the 40s in Ohio and 50s, if not 60 south of I-64. Gusty spring-like showers will be passing during this time perhaps accompanied by a rumble of thunder and pockets of pea-sized hail.

After the rains depart, New Year’s night through the weekend will feature a steady stream of clouds but not much precipitation. Saturday night late into Sunday, rain showers are likely mixed with some wet snow into the high country. Weekend highs in the 40s to near 50 and lows in the 30s to near 40 will be non-descript for January.

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