First Warning Forecast | Low Clouds Continue To Annoy

Sunshine In Tight Supply Keep Temperatures In The 60s.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Sep. 24, 2023 at 6:33 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2023 at 8:51 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The opening Monday of autumn saw a very similar start as yesterday, with a smearing of low clouds and fog keeping the skies gloomy right past the morning drive. Temperatures started in the 50s and 60s, but won’t get out of those same 60s today unless we can find a way to get some sunshine in here (much like yesterday, which had a high temperature of only 65°). A lot of low clouds left around from Ophelia’s remnants combine with a weak feature traversing aloft from the west give ample reason to expect the skies to stay gray, but without much rain to show for it. We can see some 70s in our western counties later today, provided they are able to see the clouds thin out, but overall we’ll be heading to the evening with the clouds slow to break. Even overnight when we expect the clouds to break a little better, that same pesky fog we often see this time of year will step in to fill the void, essentially making tomorrow morning look (and feel) the same as this morning.

As an area of high pressure strengthens and expands to our north, we have the opportunity to get into a little bit of those benefits Tuesday and Wednesday, allowing for more sunshine to work in. This will bump afternoon temperatures into the mid and upper 70s (seasonable, if not even a touch warm for this time of year). Wednesday itself will begin a stretch where scattered showers also return to the mix, as a system approaches from our west, peaking on Thursday with passing showers and storms, then peeling away with the leftovers on Friday. This would be a much-needed thing for the western counties that have a rainfall deficit (the outdoor disruption it may cause nothwithstanding). If we play our cards right, we can get this thing in and through during the middle of the week in-time for sunshine to be back this weekend under more guilt-free conditions. Just remember, when that sunshine pops back out for a full day, temperatures up around 80° now feels ‘hot’ around here, and (like folks at the Marshall game this past Saturday) you can still get that bad sunburn in the fall months too.