First Warning Forecast | Rain Passes, Winds Pick Up

Today’s Brief Surging Warmth Comes At A Price.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 6:41 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 8:56 AM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The ugly morning rains have passed to the east, leaving just a few spotty showers. Sunshine will be breaking through around midday as dry air sneaks its way into our storm system. As temperatures surge toward the 60-degree mark this afternoon, gusty winds will also surge, the latter enabling the former. The winds themselves will be the next problem we’ll have to face on this active day, as gusts can easily reach 30-40mph, even 50mph on the mountain ridges. Winds at this level can cause power outages and trouble for high profile vehicles on the highways. Toward the evening drive, these same winds will now wrap around to a colder tach, even with a brief squally shower heralding the change. From there, we sink back through to the 30s, changing scattered showers to snow flurries by dawn on Thursday.

Temperatures will start Thursday in the lower 30s, with a good spread of snow showers and a little drizzle mixed in the lowlands. A spot coating of snow can be seen on the grassy surfaces, but then we’ll go back and forth between it melting away and then returning again depending on the whims of that borderline scenario of a wintry mix. The higher elevations will see a light snow persist straight through the day, even to Friday morning, leaving 1″- 3″ of accumulation on the high spots east of US-77. Our best time for snow region-wide will be Thursday evening through night, when the colder air battles temperatures deeper toward the freezing mark (and below) after floating to the mid and upper 30s during the day. This can spit out another dusting to coating on the ground for Friday morning, raising the hopes for kids and teachers alike for school delays, though more than likely for naught (never say never though!) The ski slopes however, will be a different story -- several inches of snow are headed in, making for excellent ski days Friday and Saturday.

The weekend itself will be a half-and-half affair. Saturday features partly sunny skies and temperatures inching back into the upper 40s, but another bout of chilly rain coming in for Sunday. Oddly enough the WSAZ Invitational, the long-standing signature wrestling event that sends more than 1000 competitors and their families to downtown Huntington, arrives with our weather quieting down Friday and Saturday. For several years’ past it has occurred only in the midst of some horrible wintry skies and roads, but this year they catch a break!