First Warning Forecast | Near-Record Warmth Before Rain

Much More Complicated After That
First Warning Forecast
Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 8:27 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2021 at 8:55 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Each morning and afternoon, our temperatures have inched up a number of degrees. Initially we still had frost to scrape out there, and jackets were still needed in the afternoon. This dry stretch has gone on long enough now though that we’re all the way to short-sleeve shirts in the afternoon. Southerly breezes will begin to gust to 20-30mph today to help give us that extra push that we need to hit the upper 60s to near 70° (67° is the record for the day in Huntington, 70° in Charleston -- both abnormally low records even in December). We’ll be tracking showers spreading in from west to east, and the end of the day will show periodic showers from there through the night.

The weather only gets more complicated from there, but certainly severe weather is not expected. Well be tracking this same zone of showers stall out horizontally across our region, rather than a front that pushes fully through. This puts Friday and Saturday both as targets for a wafting band of rain that at times targets the northern counties and at others the south. Whenever you’re to the north of this band of rain, your temperatures will struggle in the 30s and 40s, and when you’re to the south you’ll be soaring to the 60s. Otherwise, you’ll be in the 50s while it’s raining. In attempting to pinpoint where this front will be, look for the showers to be in the southern counties Friday morning, and then moving back north Friday evening. Saturday will see these showers initially well north of us (hence rising temperatures headed back to the 60s), but a final front will swing through Saturday afternoon, dragging it all back across the Tri-State. Temperatures will bottom out all the way down near the freezing-mark Sunday morning, putting the risk of a black-ice flash-freeze back in the mix.

Next week looks a lot quieter again, with more December-like air back in town. Threats for appreciable snow still look elusive though, and now we’re really getting down to the wire.

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