First Warning Forecast | Gloomy Clouds Linger

It’s about 20-degrees cooler too.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 7:13 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 9:12 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Believe it or not, the storm system that swung through our region yesterday is now much stronger a day later, having merged with another storm system off the Atlantic coast to form our first “Noreaster” of the young season. Noreasters are aptly named because of their strong northeast winds that draw copious moisture onshore from the ocean, which can mean flooding rains or deep snowdrifts. For our purposes, these storm systems have those same winds wrap around out of the northwest, drawing clouds in from the Great Lakes and keeping temperatures much cooler than they were yesterday. There wont be a lot of rainfall (as measured by a gauge), but for several hours today we’ll be batting around some misty drizzle. The mountain counties can see an actual shower, given the upslope wind-flow. Another interesting note on the day, with progressively cooler air still working in aloft, the ski slopes should start sneaking in their first flakes of the season today.

The best spot to look for breaks in the clouds this afternoon will be in our western counties, but then tonight those same places that clear out will end up in the low 40s, or even upper 30s by tomorrow morning. Wednesday sits right in between two weather systems, so it’s our best ‘intermission’ of a day, seeing some sunshine and (most importantly) staying dry. It will again be cool though, as 60° might be all we can muster.

Our next storm system approaches Thursday afternoon, and it figures to hang around right through Friday and much of Saturday. Though there’s still time to wish for some changes to the weather pattern, Trick-or-Treaters should start now to develop a plan of action in case their costumes have to endure some raindrops.

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