First Warning Forecast | A Battle-Zone Overhead

But Is The End Result A Win Either Way?
First Warning Forecast
Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 6:48 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2023 at 9:03 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Bands of rain (and a few rumbles) have been approaching from the west, but run into dry air that has been slipping in from the east. The rains initially look menacing and disruptive, but then fall apart the farther east they progress into the drier air. This process will happen a few different times today, with a mix of sunshine and clouds in between. Temperatures will rise into the 70s, though how far will depend on how much sunshine makes it through. The eastern and southern counties should come away with the most sunshine today, with the northern and western counties seeing the bulk of the rain. This ends up being a good deal (periodic disruption aside), as the places that are getting rain are the ones that have been sorely needing it and the places getting the sunshine haven’t been seeing much of it going back to Sunday. Overnight, we’ll still be tracking showers off to our west, and the next rounds will be getting ready to make their attempts east tomorrow.

Thursday presents the best opportunity for anyone to see some rain, but it will still come in occasional bands with breaks in between. As a system passes by overhead, it will try to resist the drying influence still coming at us from the east. Given the upcoming brush-fire and fall color seasons (both technically start this weekend), any rain would be a win at this point. Friday will be our last shot at some rain, but it will be more down to the ‘leftovers’ by then. Temperatures will stay in the 70s by day, and the upper 50s and lower 60s each morning.

Sunshine breaks back in this weekend, as our longstanding area of stalwart high pressure over New England again flexes its muscles. While the Sun will be quite welcome for Homecoming and Fall Festival festivities, it will also serve to dry out the ground again at a time where brush fires start to be more common and the fall colors start gaining more tourism. Dry air does not help either situation. Oh, and we’ll also be inching back into the lower 80s, which is perhaps now ‘hot’ considering the month.