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First Warning Forecast | Yes, More Snow Tonight

But A Lot To Deal With BEFORE That...
First Warning Forecast
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 9:11 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 9:04 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Temperatures ranged from the upper teens in valleys near and east of Charleston this morning, to the 40s in eastern Kentucky, as a southwest wind was trying to spread its warming influences to more and more folks. After some early slickness (and hazy sunshine) in the greater Kanawha valley, all of us will eventually warm through the 30s as clouds return to the Tri-State. By lunchtime we’ll be seeing rain spreading in from the west and becoming steady at times this afternoon. With melting snow added in, the combination will create a real foggy scene, miserable to traveler and snow-lover alike. We’ll be dealing with this from there through sunset, then a new phase arrives: Snow.

Arctic air is plunging through the Northern Plains and into the northern sections of the Ohio Valley, set to rush through our area from north to south overnight. So while we have this rain doing its thing overhead, the cold air digs in suddenly, soon triggering that changeover from steady rain to steady snow. That cold air progresses southward, and the moisture also progresses southward, eventually robbing that cold air of available ammo for more snow. Where it phases best we’ll be looking at a quick-hitting 1″- 3″ snowfall, and that includes much of the Tri-State. Lesser amounts are expected toward the north where the moisture disappears too quickly, and in the south where warm air will take longer to eradicate. Either way, despite it being a ‘light’ event (compared to the last couple snows), it will still be an impactful one. By Thursday morning, temperatures will have nose-dived into the 20s, icing back up all the snow that got slushed out by the rain as well as the wet snow that fell in the overnight. It will be another tricky drive in to work, and another iffy one for the school buses.

Thursday itself will be another blustery struggle in the 20s all day long, and then we sink to the low teens (potentially even single digits) Thursday night, all depending on if we are able to clear out. That snowpack often forces much colder temperatures under clearing nights, like we saw this morning in the Charleston area. After a quieter Friday, we’ll be eyeing another potential winter weather maker on Saturday, but it’s still not guaranteed we get hit by this one. It’s still important to keep tracking.

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