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First Warning Forecast | Summer-to-Fall Transition In 24-Hours

Enjoy Friday’s warmth while you can
Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 9:15 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 9:08 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The struggle between clouds and sunshine that’s dogged us the past few days is at it again today, but you can’t argue with those comfortable temperatures. We go from the 60s this morning all the way to the low to mid 80s this afternoon. Southwesterly breezes start to gust up a bit this afternoon, helping to split in some sunshine as well as adding that extra warmth over yesterday. Even with the mix of clouds and sunshine, there can still be a sneaky shower briefly passes overhead, mainly in our northern and western counties. Folks heading out to the football games tonight in those same counties will need to be ready for a rain shower, because our storm system we’ve been tracking all week will finally arrive.

All week long we’ve been keeping tabs on a storm system crossing the country. It has brought severe weather to the Central Plains, and snow to the Rockies, but it’s now-projected night-time arrival is going to end up the best situation for us. As the showers swing through (main timing for the bulk of the rain between 4am and 10am), there won’t be as much thunder in the mix compared to if it passed during the daytime. Also, we’ll have a more ‘conventional’ day with temperatures, bottoming out in the 50s in the morning and then struggling to the low 60s in the afternoon. We’ll have some returning sunshine Saturday afternoon, but still expect a blustery chill for all those Homecoming dances and photoshoots. It’ll be even colder for the Sunday morning church-goers, as clear skies now give us temperatures into the mid 40s.

Temperatures next week will be much cooler than what we’re used to, but it shouldn’t take long to get acclimated to them as a refreshing return to ‘normal’. Highs in the 60s will be okay in broad sunshine Monday, and the low 70s on Tuesday will actually be again milder than average. It will be perfect weather to start that arduous leaf-raking process-- there will be plenty coming off the trees tonight!

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