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First Warning Forecast | A Small Thaw Following An Icy Start

But winter is by no means done yet!
First Warning Forecast
Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 10:50 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 8:40 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Lingering flurries from the overnight combined with weak/low clouds mixing in some icy drizzle put down a slickness with which all but the best treated-and-cleared roadways had to contend. This lead to now a 4-day weekend for most students and teachers out there. These stubborn clouds will gradually break, and the ensuing sunshine will instigate a small thaw out there. The emphasis is on ‘small’ though, as the existing snow-pack will resist melting and keep temperatures restrained in the mid-30s. Any snowmelt that we do see will also run the risk of icing over again tonight as temperatures fall back below freezing soon after dark. This temperature drop will only be temporary though...

Our next system will drop in from the Northern Plains tonight, and we’ll be dealing with approaching rain showers on Wednesday. This means temperatures will eventually reverse their drops overnight, rising back above freezing by dawn tomorrow. During the showers, expect temperatures to sneak into the low 40s in a dreary foggy din (melting snow and a falling rain is a great combination for a persistent fog). This lack of a significant warm-up will then position us to go back over to snowfall Wednesday night, and there is a likelihood of a light snowfall accumulation waiting for us Thursday morning. Naturally, we’re again concerned about the possible impacts this can present for commuters and students (and thus parents).

And before you throw up your hands and declare that you’re just trying to make it through the week, we’ve got another system that looks to bring some more snow to the Tri-State Friday night into Saturday. That’s a lot on our plate, but first thing’s first, let’s continue to clear off those walkways and driveways.

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