First Warning Forecast | Back To A “Normal” Chill

It’s 20-30 Degrees Colder Than Yesterday, But It’s Supposed To Be.
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 6:53 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 8:54 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The clouds are back today, but this time with a biting west/northwest wind. Temperatures already peaked today, having been in the mid-40s just after midnight. The cold air’s return has been muscling the temperatures back into the mid-30s, even taking until midday to do it. What little moisture that’s caught up in the breeze has been a mix of drizzle and ‘snizzle’ if-you-will, with these above-freezing temperatures preventing snow from sticking anywhere outside of the higher elevations. We will dip below the freezing-mark tonight, so the last pulses of snow flurries can get us a dusting of snow in spots. Meanwhile areas above 2500 feet in the east can see 1″- 2″ of snow, with the ski slopes getting upward of 2″- 4″ or more (very useful for that winter tourism). Tomorrow morning starts with the last of the fakes fading and clouds beginning to break.

Sunshine carries the afternoon Saturday, making this one our best weekend day for ‘doing’. However it’s just not the same, being outside when temperatures are in the 30s after having tasted the mid-60s just yesterday. Nevertheless, this is where we’re supposed to be and it’s also where we’re simply going to be for the next couple of weeks. Sunday will not be a good day to be out and about, so plan your schedule wisely. A chilly rain is headed in Sunday, but at the outset we are concerned about the potential for an early burst of snow or sleet that can challenge the roads right around church-time. Stay tuned to the forecast for any updates here, but either way eventually it will be a chilly rain. As this system departs Sunday night, we’ll go back to snow, this time potentially causing some issues with the drive early Monday. This pattern is going to repeat itself this coming Wednesday and Thursday as well, with Tuesday’s quiet weather still unable to spark a warming trend. The long-range indications are that we stay in this pattern right through the first weekend of February (at least), so yesterday’s spring-like air will soon become a faded memory.