First Warning Forecast | Autumn By Morning, Summer By Day

We’ll be riding high for a couple more days, then the bottom falls out.
First Warning Forecast
Published: Oct. 2, 2023 at 6:31 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2023 at 9:31 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Morning temperatures began once again in the comfortable mid-50s (with some valley fog, of course), but are now speeding through the 60s and 70s under the bold sunshine that follows. The average high this time of year ‘should’ be about 76°, but we’ll be heading for the mid-80s this afternoon. It may only be a few-hour window where this kind of heat will cause problems, it is a well-targeted attack on our sensibilities, covering the time between when school lets out and the evening drive starts. Beyond that point, it gets comfortable again, and we’ll enjoy temperatures quickly through the 70s and 60s at sunset and beyond. By Wednesday morning, we’ll be back in the upper 50s with some more river valley fog, awaiting more sunshine and heat.

A large area of high pressure is draped across Appalachia, effectively blocking the advancement of our weather pattern. The jet stream, instead of steering the weather from west to east, sends clouds and rain northward through the Great Plains and then across Canada well to our north. We’ll be stuck in this through Thursday, but eventually this blocking zone of air will shift to the east, finally permitting rain -- and with it a return to the chill. In fact, just as this area of high pressure stays for quite a while, the next phase will also be a stubborn one, keeping an area of low pressure nearby right through next week. At first, showers will be advancing from the west on Friday, passing overhead on Saturday, trying to exit on Sunday morning. A cold pool of air will continue to swirl overhead right into next week though, keeping seasonably cool air in place-- even cooler than it was previously warmer. We’ll be staring at some “lake effect” moisture coming in, though mainly focusing toward the northeast WV ski slopes. Meanwhile, temperatures will be hard-pressed to even get out of the 50s locally this weekend, with the chilly lower 40s in the morning.