First Warning Forecast | A Turbulent Change Of Seasons

A Line Of Showers/Storms Sweeps Through From West To East.
Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 6:43 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2021 at 8:47 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The folks that see the sunshine the longest before being rained on might think they’re getting the best weather of the region, but on a day like today sunshine won’t quite be your friend. We’ll be tracking a sweeping line of showers (and later storms) coming across from west to east today. Our western-most counties have already seen the rain start -- and that (in a way) will be a good thing, because it keeps the risk for thunderstorms at a minimum. Temperatures out west will hold where they are, before falling into the 50s during the afternoon. Our eastern counties will make use of this early sunshine, helping temperatures into the 70s, even near 80° before those showers make it over there. Because of this, there will be a lot more storm energy available in the atmosphere, allowing a more mundane shower to blossom into a loud thunderstorm. We have a ‘slight risk’ for severe weather today, which gusty winds, small hail, and even a brief tornado can be possible. Be on guard, especially the sunnier your day is before the storms reach you, for the possibility for the weather to turn ugly quickly as that line approaches. Eventually we’ll all end up in the same boat though, as the showers continue to progress we’ll all see our temperatures fall back into the 60s and 50s. This can end up being quite a quick and dramatic transition for some of us later today.

Overnight tonight we’ll stay with some of the lingering clouds, and the showers will taper off to just some patchy drizzle. Temperatures will keep working down through the 50s into the chilly upper 40s by Thursday morning. There will be a bit of a north/south split in the weather on Thursday, with the northern counties fighting more of the clouds, and the southern counties seeing better sunshine by afternoon. Everyone will stay with the ‘fall’ chill (on the first full day of the season, no less), with highs struggling in the 60s. When skies clear out for good that night, temperatures will drop to the mid 40s Friday morning. Do you know where your jacket is?

So long as you make that transition to the cooler clothing, you’ll love how Friday turns out, with full sunshine and that fall football feel. Temperatures will be up near 70° by afternoon, and the upper 40s in the mornings. Outside of a quick-passing line of showers Saturday afternoon, we’ll continue with mainly sunny skies over the next several days beyond, and get a gradual warm-up back here that can put us back around 80-degrees early next week.

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