First Warning Forecast | Coldest Air Yet Settles In Tonight

At Least We’ll See Sunshine Before-hand
First Warning Forecast
Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 9:15 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2022 at 9:01 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Temperatures began in the teens and single digits this morning, but fortunately many of the main roadways had dried off from the night before. Despite some lingering flurries in the southern mountains, most areas in the central and northern counties will get back to sunshine and see some of our best skies in days. Now, it will still be quite cold, as temperatures stay in the 20s, but direct sunlight can still offer some melting. As skies continue to clear and winds go calm tonight, we’ll see some of our coldest air in years. A Clear sky and a calm wind, particularly when combined with a still-existing snowpack on the ground is the perfect recipe to see temperatures drop into the single digits, with some even near zero. This would represent the coldest air locally since January of 2019. Now, before we gasp at such extremes, this actually is more an indictment of the lessening extremity of morning temperatures, a trend that has been slowly progressing for decades. I’m sure parents will remember several winters with sub-zero days. They are much rarer now.

Sunshine will be back again Saturday, this time helping temperatures to get into the low 30s and encouraging more melting. Sunday will bring back clouds and eventually more (yes, more) snowflakes to the Tri-State. At least this one will be a more minor event, mainly an inch or less at this point. If this were November, I suppose it would be instantly important, but we’ve had plenty of reps of this under our belt by now. Nevertheless, it will be something to keep an eye on in case its timing is such that it makes the roads an issue Monday morning. Monday itself presents a small thaw in the afternoon as highs can approach 40-degrees, but before you think that’s going to last another system is fixin’ to bring some more snow to track on Tuesday, with more chill through the middle of next week.

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