First Warning Forecast | One Day, Many Phases

Rain, Sun, Warmth, Then Right Back To January.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 11:50 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 8:53 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Temperatures were already surging through the 50s into the 60s before midday today, as we tracked the last bands of rain moving through from west to east. Clouds will break and a gusty southwesterly wind will usher in another warm push through the 60s in the afternoon. This makes for great outdoor weather for anyone who wants to sample the last warm day for at least a couple of weeks. Keep in mind the ground is still very wet, so jogging paths will be puddled and dog walks will result in many muddy paw prints. Nevertheless, if you don’t use the afternoon to your advantage (take down those Christmas lights!), you’ll surely regret it when the cold comes back tonight.

A new round of squally showers can accompany this new drive of cold air this evening, particularly toward interior Ohio, but the main theme of this next stage of the storm system will be dragging the temperatures all the way back down to the 30s for Friday morning. This will even toss some snow flurries back into the air. There’s not a lot of moisture to work with on Friday, so we’ll be back and forth between drizzle and flakes during the day Friday, with the higher mountains to the east seeing a light accumulation. Temperatures hover in the 30s, dropping to the 20s Friday night, giving us one last shot at a bout of light snow that leaves us with a dusting of snow in spots for Saturday morning.

Saturday itself will end up being a fairly quiet day, the bit of peace between the departing system and before the next one arriving on Sunday. It’s still an open question of how much sunshine we’ll end up with, but don’t expect those 60s anymore. We’re back to ‘real’ January weather, with the 30s and 40s being the most common from here on out. Sunday brings primarily a chilly rain, but with the risk of some icing at the onset as temperatures stay in the 30s again. As we get to the end of the day Sunday, the rain will change back over to snow in the colder air, which can leave us with another coating of snow by Monday morning. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one in the days to come. This will be a ‘return to normal’ for us weather-wise, as yet another system arriving the middle of next week also has us on the rain-snow line. All the more reason to enjoy the warmth and sunshine we see for a fleeting time today.