Thursday, February 21, 2013

High clouds will be on the increase tonight as the next winter storm chugs across the Mississippi River Valley and into the Ohio Valley tomorrow. Temperatures dip into the low/mid 20s overnight. Leading edge of that rain/freezing rain mix will move into our westernmost counties before dawn on Friday. The mix, which could make for some icy road conditions will spread across north/central WV throughout the morning. A winter weather advisory will be effective from 1 AM Friday until 11 AM Friday for all counties shown in purple. Precip will change to all rain in the lowlands of WV around lunchtime as temperatures slowly climb into the mid 30s. Further east, in the mountains and the Eastern Panhandle, we can expect the mix of freezing rain and sleet to hold on throughout the day and even into the late evening hours! Snow flurries are also possible in the higher elevations, mainly the eastern mountains. Accumulation will be very light there. 

Low level moisture will be slow to exit the area and showers will likely linger, especially along the eastern mountains into Saturday. But high pressure will provide drier weather along with sunny skies for Sunday. Weekend temperatures will warm into the 40s/low 50s for highs. Next low pressure will be rain and a change to accumulating snow Monday night Tuesday. Stay safe!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

We stay on the southern edge of this low pressure system that continues to push eastward, producing scattered upslope snow flurries in the northern mountains this afternoon and evening. Snowfall there will eventually finish up after midnight tonight. Could see an additional 2-4" in Preston, Tucker and Garrett counties tonight. Otherwise, another very cold night is on deck with lows in the teens and winds west at 15-20 MPH. Clouds break for mainly sunny skies on Thursday with highs pushing into the mid/upper 30s. We've been watching the next cyclone, which has been well-advertised for several days now. This storm will dump nearly two feet of snow on parts of Kansas and Nebraska in the next  12-36 hours. As it makes its way into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic states Friday, we'll see mixed precip including rain, mountain snow, freezing rain and sleet. Depending on the timing of the moisture and overnight lows Thursday night, we could see some messy travel conditions throughout the day on Friday. Will keep a close eye on that system as it wreaks havoc on the Midwest & treks eastward. More on that later...Warmer with highs in the upper 40s/low 50s this weekend! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Moisture returns to the forecast area from the west after midnight tonight. Low temperatures tonight will be in the low to mid thirties. Precip will be in the form of rain across the lowlands of West Virginia in the morning. But mixed precipitation will be widespread in the eastern mountains and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia before conditions warm into the low 40s by lunchtime. Winter weather advisories are in effect for the mountains from 3 AM to 9 AM Tuesday. Expecting mainly rain throughout much of early afternoon. But winds will become gusty in the afternoon as colder air mixes in, changing rain to snow. Lingering Mountain snow showers will continue into Wednesday morning. We'll pick up an inch to an inch and a half in the lowlands. The mountain counties will see 2 to 4 inches by lunchtime Wednesday. Cold air will stick around into Wednesday with highs in the low/mid 30s. Dry and warmer with highs in the mid forties for Thursday. Freezing rain possible Friday morning with the bext frontal system.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Currently a breezy 20° in Morgantown with a few winks of sunshine. But that northwest wind gusting to above 20 MPH at times will keep blowing snow going in the eastern mountains. Another cold night in store tonight with lows in the teens & single digits in the highlands. Scattered upslope snow flurries continue in the eastern mountains into Monday AM followed by a brief period of freezing rain or sleet. Then the biting cold air will get shut off as winds turn southwesterly again on Monday morning. We'll be left with a pretty nice day with highs in the upper 40s under mainly sunny skies!

Rain returns ahead of the next cold front after midnight Monday night, continuing into Tuesday. Could see pockets of mixed precip in the eastern mountains Tuesday morning as temperatures flirt with freezing. Rain/snow mix will change to all snow as temperatures take another tumble Tuesday afternoon and evening. Lows will be in the low to mid 20s. Scattered snow flurries will linger into Wednesday in the northern counties and we'll measure another 2-4 inches by Wednesday evening in places like Preston, Tucker and Randolph counties. 

Cool air will stick around Thursday with highs struggling to reach 40°. Occasional mountain snow flurries are also expected into Thursday morning. Friday looks messy as the next low pressure system crosses our area with rain, mountain snow and sleet. Dry Saturday with highs in the 40s. 

Image courtesy of PSU's ewall

Friday, February 15, 2013

Rain moving in...cold front sliding past will change rain to a wintry mix this afternoon and evening. A changeover to all snow is expected overnight as lows fall into the upper teens and low 20s. Lingering moisture will keep occasional snow flurries in the forecast Saturdayday night into Sunday morning. Only expecting minor accumulation, mainly in the favored snow areas in the mountains. Warming up a bit to kickstart next week!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 AM Wednesday until 1 AM Thursday as moisture returns from our southeastern flank. Overnight lows dipping into the upper 20s/low 30s will allow for a chilly start on Wednesday. Precip will start as snow, changing to rain during the day in the lower elevations. Precip will remain in the form of snow in the higher terrain above 2500 feet. A wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain is also possible in the mountain valleys. Daytime temps will be in the upper 30s/low 40s. Snow totals will be an inch or so in the lowlwnds and 2-5 inches in those mtns effected by the winter weather advisory. We'll see eventual drying Thursday morning with highs in the mid 40s. Mixed precip returns Thursday night/Friday. Cold with snow for the weekend.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Breezy today! Wind advisory in the northern mountains 'till 7 tonight! Temperatures falling into the low 30s tonight.