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First Warning Forecast | A Gray Thursday

Not Much Going On Right Now, But A Lot Later On.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 8:21 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 8:46 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Thursday’s gray skies help pen in the temperatures to a tighter range today, primarily keeping us in the 40s this afternoon (and many of us already started the day in the 40s). Occasionally we’ll be tracking a spit of rain, but most of what develops should stay light and scattered. In the eastern mountains above 2500 feet we can see flurries instead, but even there don’t expect much more than a dusting or coating of snow. Temperatures tonight drop back through the 30s, spreading the shot at a few flurries to virtually anywhere in the region, but it’s still going to be a light thing.

Friday will stay mainly in the clouds as well, with any early flurries fading without much to show for them. Saturday also looks to be fairly quiet, which is a good thing because it gives us more time to get ready for the much larger, more significant storm that we’ve been tracking for the latter-half of the weekend.

A decent storm system drops into the Tennessee Valley from the Northern Plains on Saturday, and then marches up toward us on Sunday. The close pass of this area of low pressure means we’ll have to look at fighting the rain/snow line (something notoriously tricky to lay out with precision this far in advance). A consensus is building however, on a secondary low blossoming closer to the eastern coastline, and marching up the I-95 Corridor in true Nor’easter type fashion. This will change our whole area over to snow, and accumulating snow at that. How long we stay as all-snow Sunday night into Monday (and no longer have to deal with the rain/snow line) will dictate how much snow we get, but the latest indications are for another plowable amount of snow, potentially a serious amount of snow in the eastern Mountains. It will not be a light-and-fluffy snow either, so it’s a good thing those kiddos (and teachers) already have the day off of school this coming Monday. Continue to monitor the forecast as we track this situation coming into clearer view, as we still have several days to keep an eye on things.

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