First Warning Forecast | A Breather Before Our Next Mess

Another Dicey Commute Lining Up For Tomorrow Morning.
Forecast on January 24, 2023
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 6:47 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 12:54 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Though most folks only had some frost to scrape off the windshields this morning, temperatures in the 20s had us concerned in the southern coalfields of Kentucky where fog formed (always a potential for a quick icy glaze). Likewise in the eastern mountains where that 1″- 3″ of snow fell, remnant stretches of snow and ice lingered on the secondary roads. When we finally got into the day things improved with rising temperatures, and making the turn toward the afternoon will actually have us in one of our better times for the rest of the workweek. If you don’t like traveling in inclement weather, this will be your best time for getting out there. High temperatures hit the mid and upper 40s, cooling back below freezing after dark, which is where the problems start.

As our next storm system arrives early tomorrow morning, temperatures will begin to rise back above freezing. This makes a cold rain the predominant experience for most of us at the outset, but before sunrise there will be some of us still below the freezing-mark, which will call for a brief burst of wet snow and/or ice to start before changing over. This can make the morning drive quite difficult and even result in some early school delays. Our Ohio counties and West Virginia counties along and north of US-33 and US-19 are the most vulnerable for this. Eventually we’ll all be in the rain category, and even see the temperatures soar to the 50s amidst a cloud-breaking lull with some gusty winds in the afternoon. Colder air wraps back around after dark, with a change-over to snow expected by dawn Thursday morning.

Thursday reminds me a lot of yesterday’s weather, with streaks of snow showers and lowland drizzle mixing in, while the higher elevations score 1″- 3″ of snow along and east of US-19. We do have a real shot at getting an extra dusting-coating of snow overnight Thursday as the colder air bottoms out, so realistically some school delays are possible anywhere between tomorrow morning and Friday morning, though primarily in the north and the eastern mountains. It will be good to get some peace and quiet back Friday afternoon and Saturday-- a rarity it seems when the WSAZ Wrestling Invitational comes to town.