First Warning Forecast | A Taste Of Summer

Warm Temperatures Arriving, But Also With A Storm Threat.
Forecast on April 4, 2023
Published: Apr. 3, 2023 at 6:41 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2023 at 1:01 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Temperatures started about 20-degrees milder this morning (largely in the 50s), but also with clouds spreading eastward and a few showers developing. Most folks will spend most hours of the morning dry and enjoying the comfort, but for those who get hit by a shower know that they will be brief and passing. We’ll be cruising through the 60s at midday, headed for the 70s and even 80s this afternoon as sunshine fights its way back into the mix. The day finishes comfortably and quietly, with the 70s still out there after sunset. Overnight lows tonight will dip to about 60° and hold it there, rivaling many nights one would expect to experience during the middle of summer, let alone early spring.

Wednesday features increased breezes from the southerly winds, sending temperatures further into the 80s in the afternoon. While we’re enjoying the summery feel under partly sunny skies, strong to severe thunderstorms will be developing off to our west in the central Ohio Valley. We’ll be keeping a sharp eye on this, tracking their potential to still cause problems as they approach our area late in the day and during the overnight. The expectation is that these storms will weaken and fade, but heat like the mid-80s will mean a lot of storm energy available for use, even after dark. A frontal system is generating all this action, and that will be coming through Thursday. Temperatures may initially spike well into the 60s, but they will be gradually fading back through the 50s and 40s during the afternoon and evening under drab skies and leftover showers that slowly taper off.

Cooler air briefly traverses between Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning, keeping low temperatures near the upper 30s and the afternoon highs closer to 60-degrees. We’re now entering the time of year when even the ‘cooler’ days aren’t so bad. Quiet weather looks to establish itself Easter weekend, with a slow warming trend putting us back to around 70° by Easter afternoon.