First Warning Forecast | Nice start to weekend

Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 6:24 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2021 at 8:03 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - It is hard to beat the sunshine and relatively mild temperatures this time of year. The past couple of days have certainly delivered on that, and the weekend will start similarly nice. By late Sunday into Monday, a strong cold front swings through and puts an end to the quiet weather pattern when rain and much chillier temperatures return. A couple more systems are then set to pass during the week ahead, bringing quick bouts of rain, but any appreciable snow still looks to be a longshot.

Saturday morning starts mostly clear with temperatures generally in the low to mid 30s. The exception to this is on hilltops in southeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia where temperatures are hovering in the 50s. Yes, what a pretty dramatic difference just a few hundred feet in elevation!

Temperatures even out to the mid to upper 50s everywhere Saturday afternoon under a mostly sunny sky with a light breeze. This bodes well for Christmas parades in Nitro and South Charleston at noon, Gallipolis at 1 pm, and Saint Albans at 4 pm.

Saturday evening stays mostly clear with a quick drop in temperatures. The Sissonville Christmas parade at 6 pm will start near 50 degrees but then quickly fall into the 40s. By midnight, temperatures across the region will be in the mid to upper 30s.

Low temperatures fall to the low to mid 30s Saturday night under a continued mainly clear sky with a light breeze.

Sunday sees a partly cloudy sky. Much of the daylight hours stay dry; towards but especially after sunset, a few light showers will pass. High temperatures turn even milder to the low 60s.

Sunday night into Monday morning sees widespread rain. The rain should mostly be gone by Monday afternoon. However, temperatures will stay in the 50s Sunday night into early Monday then fall to the 40s throughout the day on Monday. A stiff breeze accompanies the chill.

Tuesday remains chilled but dry under a partly cloudy sky with a high near 40 degrees.

Wednesday sees another round of rain that may start off as a bit of snow or a mixture of rain and snow. However, as high temperatures rise to the low 40s during the afternoon, rain will be the primary form of precipitation.

On Thursday, expect another break in the precipitation for much of the day as high temperatures get to the upper 40s under a partly cloudy sky. A brief round of rain passes Thursday night into early Friday, then Friday afternoon turns dry again under a mix of clouds and sun. High temperatures turn milder to the mid 50s.

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