First Warning Forecast | Cold Air Thaws Out, But New Snow Approaches

Expecting A Lighter Snow This Time
First Warning Forecast
Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 9:07 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2022 at 9:10 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Temperatures started deep in the ice-box this morning, owing to a clear night sky, a calm wind, and in some cases a still-existing snow-pack. We were as cold as the negative numbers near US-50 in Ohio, but we’re expecting a decent rebound today. Sunshine will hold on for as long as it can today, and when combined with a southerly breezes highs should be able to get to the 40°-mark in most areas this afternoon. This represents milder air than we’ve seen in a while, but it is not to last. Clouds stream in by the end of the day, and light snow looms beyond.

Polar air diving down from Canada will eventually phase together with a southern jet of moisture off the southeast coastline later Friday, this will immediately spark the rapid development of a coastal Nor’easter that is set to bring heavy snow to many locations from New York to New England. Who gets targeted for the most will only be fully known once the storm actually forms (modern forecasting marvel), but right now that New England coastline may well be in line for one to two feet of snow on Saturday. In our area, we’ll be on the outside looking in for this one, but it doesn’t mean we’ll end up snow-free. Light snow will move in even before dawn on Friday, sparking the threat of a light coating of snow on the roadways in time for the morning commute. During the day, the light/scattered nature of the snow will find difficulty continuing to accumulate, but once the Sun sets we should see more light accumulation. By Saturday, the ski slopes themselves should see the snow pulling away, but not before nabbing a delightful 3″- 6″ accumulation. Closer to I-79 and the southern WV mountains, 1″- 3′ of snow is expected, with 1″ or less occurring in our western counties. Be on guard for both commutes Friday in light snow, particularly when the daylight is not strong.

Saturday afternoon will start to return some sunshine to the Tri-State, but it will be blustery and cold once more, keeping highs in the 20s, and lows back to the teens and single digits. Perhaps a sight for sore eyes-- a warming trend takes over from there, putting us back to 40° Sunday afternoon, and set to reach the 50s by Tuesday.

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