First Warning Forecast | Showers to fade as colder air rushes in

Forecast on January 1, 2022
Published: Jan. 1, 2022 at 6:47 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2022 at 11:44 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Saturday certainly looked and felt more like a spring day than one in early January. Showers and thunderstorms crossed the region bringing heavy rain and gusty winds. The risk for additional flooding begins to wane Saturday night as showers break up and turn lighter in nature. As the rain fades, much colder air surges in on Sunday, and a few snowflakes may be seen during the evening and nighttime hours into Monday morning. For snow lovers hoping for more than that, there is another shot at snow later in the upcoming week with another blast of cold air likely. So it seems as though the unusual “springy” weather is about to come to an end.

Showers have continued Saturday evening, but the rain has generally been lighter in nature, so the risk for additional flooding is low. However, lingering high water spots are still likely due to the amount of rain received earlier in the day. Be careful in low-lying areas where water may be over roadways. Flooding is especially difficult to see at night!

Saturday night into Sunday morning sees low temperatures in the low 50s with patchier, lighter shower activity.

While Sunday morning starts with scattered, light showers, high water may still be seen in spots due to Saturday’s rainfall flowing into the rivers. The Little Sandy River at Grayson, KY is forecast to crest right around flood stage Sunday morning, and the Coal River at Tornado, WV will also crest right around flood stage during the evening, so locations near these rivers will continue to see high water until then. At this point, the Ohio River is not expected to enter flood stage anywhere across the region, but the water levels will still be higher than normal over the next few days.

Sunday afternoon turns drier but stays cloudy and becomes much colder. Temperatures fall to the 30s by sunset with a sharp northwest breeze.

Scattered flurries and light snow showers are possible for most locations Sunday night into Monday morning. However, latest model data coming in Saturday night has been showing the potential for heavier snow with accumulations across southern parts of the region, including southeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia, into the mountains. This has been a very volatile pattern, but anyone in those areas should be aware of the possibility of hazardous travel Sunday night into Monday morning. Even elsewhere, black ice is a risk for travel Sunday night into Monday morning as lingering moisture on roadways can freeze with low temperatures falling to the mid 20s.

Monday afternoon turns sunny but stays cold with high temperatures staying in the mid 30s.

Tuesday stays sunny, but afternoon temperatures rise comfortably to the 50-degree mark.

Wednesday turns partly cloudy with a few showers possible during the afternoon as high temperatures rise to the low 50s.

The next system of note will be on Thursday as rain and snow are both possible. There is still some uncertainty as to how this plays out, but accumulating snow is definitely in the cards. Thursday afternoon temperatures will stay in the 30s, with lows falling well into the 20s Thursday night.

Some snow showers are possible Friday morning, followed by some breaks in the precipitation and clouds for the afternoon. However, temperatures will struggle to rise and will likely stay below freezing.

After a bitter start with morning temperatures in the teens, Saturday looks to turn a bit warmer for the afternoon with sunshine. Highs reach near 40 degrees.

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