HUNTINGTON/CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We gave it the old college try, but came up just short of 80 degrees on Thursday. Still the warmest day in 2019 came complete with an explosion of tree pollen, a risk of spreading brush fires and some fast paced winds clocked near 40 miles per hour.
While our area was too dry for severe thunderstorms (afternoon humidity levels hovering near 25 desert-like percent) the afternoon and evening relentless gustiness of the wind was a by-product of the “bomb cyclone” being touted on national news wires. That bomb referred to the hurricane-like low pressure that has pounded the Plains with everything from a Rocky Mountain blizzard to a rash of severe thunderstorms along the Mississippi River.
Late afternoon reports from suburban Cincinnati, Dayton and Louisville, Paducah were of sightings of funnel clouds, a few of which touched down as twisters.
Ahead for our region will be a late night squall of wind, rain and thunder. Rain will last an hour or so (the short duration to mitigate any high water problems), the claps of thunder will echo through the valleys for a few rumbling seconds while the wind will blow all night long.
No flooding is expected but the long duration of wind into Friday offers the prospects for some power and cable TV flickers overnight into Friday morning.
Chillier air will ride the strong daytime wind into the region on Friday with morning highs in the 50s west and near 60 east replaced by 40s by early evening.
This sets us up for a chilled St. Patty’s Day weekend with near freezing mornings and afternoon highs only in the 40s. Saturday morning is likely to dawn with a coating of snow in Nicholas-Webster, Randolph and Pocahontas Counties in West Virginia. Likewise Sunday night into Monday morning snow flurries would be possible across parts of the Tri-State area.