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Chilled Sunshine Before Friday’s Snow
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - This morning’s cold start featured a lesson in how cloud cover affects temperatures. Folks who saw clouds and snow flurries (near the Kanawha Valley and points eastward) saw their morning lows near 20°, but we had some deep in the single digits in interior Ohio in response to the clear night skies and a still-existent snowpack. We’ll all end up getting to sunshine today, as high pressure gradually slides into place in the Ohio Valley this afternoon. Don’t expect any warmth though, as temperatures will hold in the upper 20s, essentially giving us a head start on dropping even colder tonight than what this morning was. When all of us experience clear skies and light winds tonight, all of us will end up deep into the teens, with an increased smattering of single-digit numbers Thursday morning.
Thursday continues the sunshine, and might even feel pleasant in the afternoon, as temperatures bump up toward the 40°-mark. However all eyes will then be on the anticipated development of a strong winter storm come Friday into Saturday. Our close brush with this storm means light snow coming across on Friday, and then watching others get slammed with the heavy stuff up the eastern seaboard Saturday. It’s still early, but a good ball-park to start at for Friday would be the 1″- 3″ snowfall range. We’ll be continuing to monitor how the pieces come together, as Friday could also sneak in a mix to rain as well as the potential to linger snow into early Saturday if that storm ends up passing closer to our area.
It will be nice to clear out after that system though, as we’re currently projecting a rather quiet period of weather to finish off the month and to start February. There will even be a little warm-up, with highs getting back to the 50°-mark for the first time in a long time.
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