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First Warning Forecast | Today’s The Quieter Day

Winter Storm Watch Set To Go In Effect Tomorrow.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 10:17 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2022 at 8:56 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The day started off fairly cloudy, but with a gathering southerly breeze that helped push temperatures into the 40s for most spots even before sunrise, which did wonders to cut back on the frost and corresponding headaches for the morning commuters. Today will be rather windy at times, with gusts reaching 20-30 miles per hour, but in truth this day is the quieter day to consider your plans and options regarding tomorrow’s arrival of what has the makings of our first area-wide snow. As our first clue, the National Weather Service has announced a Winter Storm Watch set to go in effect tomorrow afternoon through Friday morning.

The mostly cloudy skies will stay dry, and those breezy winds will help push in some sunshine this afternoon as well as help us to cross the 50-degree mark in many places along and south of I-64. Those same winds work against us tonight though, as once this moisture-free front crosses overhead, the winds get a more northerly component to them, driving temperatures back down through the 30s and 20s overnight. This cold air will stay in town for tomorrow’s events.

The storm system that is coming in technically hasn’t even formed yet, but nevertheless the ingredients are looking to come together in the forecast, to the tune that we should start being concerned about snow arriving tomorrow afternoon either just before or by the afternoon drive. The snow will be steadiest in the night-time hours, quickly exiting before too long Friday morning. A general 2″- 5″ of snow is currently expected (with another 24 hours to go before the first flakes approach -- one more day to track things and refine the forecast). Now, with that broad-brush forecast, it is currently looking like our northern counties will see a little less in the way of snowfall, as the better bursts of moisture are to your south... And some of our mountain counties south of I-64 have a shot at getting a half-foot or more of snow. Either way you slice it, a shovel-able amount of snow is coming to a lot of us, and there’s some advanced planning that should be done for Friday morning.

Friday afternoon will be blustery and sharply colder, with highs only in the 20s, dropping through the teens Saturday morning. The Sun is back in full Saturday afternoon, with a melt-worthy high back into the 40s. A lot of the snow we’ll have gotten will have melted away completely by Sunday, as a rainy day is coming into view.

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