Thursday, March 31, 2011

Low pressure brings a few rain showers to the region today and tonight. Lows tonight are expected to be right around freezing. So a rain/snow mix is possible overnight & in the early hours Friday. Higher elevations will see a more steady snow tonight. Minimal accumulation is expected overnight.

After another foggy start Friday we'll see a few peaks of sunshine during the day. Cool air continues to dominate the eastern U.S. This will keep temps Friday in the 40s. Another low pressure system will bring more rain showers and accumulating snow in the mountains Friday night into Saturday. 3-5 inches is expected in the mountains by Saturday morning. Rain/snow mix could develop in a few low-lying locations to the north Friday night  but accumulation will be minimized.

Cloudy skies and a few leftover rain showers will hang around Saturday. Temps only reach the upper 40s. Clouds break up somewhat on Sunday as high pressure makes a visit. Temperatures will finally reach the 50s Sunday. Warmer Monday & Tuesday with rain showers and isolated thunder possible early next week.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cool & cloudy this weekend with rain showers this weekend...Gradually warming into the 50s with rain showers likely though most of next week.

Overcast skies & rain showers continue tonight as low pressure slides just east of our area. Deep trough of cold air will dig into the southeastern U.S. & bring a chance for mountain snow flurries tonight. Lows tonight will fall to at or below freezing.

Low-level clouds and patchy fog will develop into early Thursday. Otherwise, rain showers continue with temps reaching the mid to upper 40s. In the mountain counties and to the east, snow flurries will continue to fall with only an inch or two accumulating into Thursday night.

Upper air flow turns northwest Friday. Cool temps continue. Skies will clear with a few peaks of sunshine to the east. But rain showers are likely for northern West Virginia. Liquid precip will changeover to a wet snow in by early evening Friday for the higher elevations. Other areas could see a rain/snow mix with lows in the low 30s Friday night.

Temperatures will gradually warm into the 50s this weekend & may even reach 60 next week. But more wet weather is likely next week as a series of low pressure systems are slated to parade across the Appalachians.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clouds will be on the increase and high pressure exits to the east today. A low pressure system will cross the Mississippi River Valley today and reach our area later tonight. The leading edge of that front will bring a few rain showers to the area tonight & early tomorrow morning. Temperatures tonight will fall to the low 30s so we'll likely see a few snow flurries early Wednesday. Not much accumulation is expected before snow turns back to rain by midday Wednesday.

Wednesday, temperatures will only manage the mid 40s. Rain showers continue during the day. In the higher elevations of West Virginia, snow flurries will persist through most of the day. Accumulation in the mountains could add up to a few inches by Wednesday night. Lows fall to the low 30s once again.

Low-lying clouds and fog will linger Thursday morning. A few light snow flurries are also likely, especially for the mountain counties and in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Another system will arrive on the heels of the mid-week system Thursday night/Friday. Expect temperatures to reach the mid to upper 40s Thursday & low 40s Friday. A few light snow flurries are possible for the mountain counties. Elsewhere, widespread rain showers are likely Friday.

We'll begin to see a gradual warm up with weekend temps reaching the mid 50s and even well into the 60s by Monday. But more rain showers are likely from Sunday through at least the first half of next week. This could result in potential flash-flooding problems next week...The real nice Spring-time weather is just around the corner, I swear!

Monday, March 28, 2011

High pressure allows for a cold & calm night. Sunshine with temperatures still on the cool side Tuesday. Cool with rain/snow mix Tuesday night & Wednesday. Mild with rain showers possible this weekend...

Another cold & calm night is in store tonight with not much in the way of cloud cover. Temperatures will fall into the upper teens after dark. Night sky will be ideal for stargazing.

After a chilly start Tuesday, temperatures will stay on the mild side. We'll see some sunshine and temps in the mid to upper 40s. Cloud cover will be on the increase as we move into Tuesday evening. Overnight lows will hold in the upper 20.

Low pressure will invade from the southwest late Tuesday night/Wednesday. Rain showers will brush the southern and eastern portions of West Virginia early Wednesday. Snow flurries are also likely Wednesday night into early Thursday. Accumulation with this midweek system will be light and limited to an inch or so.

We'll get a brief break in the action during the day Thursday but temperatures will only reach the mid to upper 40s. Another more potent system out of the Southern Plains will arrive just as that previous system exits Thursday night/Friday. A few snow flurries are not out of the question Thursday night. Otherwise, precip will remain in the form of rain. Slightly warmer temps and rain showers are still on tap this weekend.

Friday, March 25, 2011

High pressure allows for generally clear skies tonight. Lots of cold air sets the stage for a cool weekend. Rain/ snow mix with light accumulation into Sunday...

It'll be just a few high level clouds passing through the area tonight. That won't be enough cloud cover to insulate the surface overnight. So we're expecting another cold one tonight with a low of 21.

That high pressure will slide east during the day Saturday. Temperatures will only reach a high of 43. Low pressure and frontal boundary crosses the Smokey Mountains Saturday night/Sunday. Meanwhile, plenty of cold air will continue to spread into the region from the north. We'll see a rain/snow mix with sprinkles getting started around midnight Saturday night. Any precip will quickly change to all snow & continue for most locations north of RT 50 into  Sunday morning. Southern-most zones will see a slower transition to snow Saturday night and will also contend with brief and patchy pockets of freezing rain as the system crosses the mountains. Another hard freeze is in store for Saturday night with a low of 26. Low-lying areas will see an inch, maybe two inches of snow by Sunday morning. Mountain counties may have 6 or 7 inches by 10 AM Sunday.  To the south, accumulations will be limited to a dusting on grassy spots.

Cool temperatures will stick around into the first part of next week. Sunday's overnight low will be in the upper teens! Another system will bring rain Wednesday, maybe a snowflake Wednesday night/ into Thursday. Cool air and zonal flow aloft will not allow for much of a warm up through the end of March. More rain & cloudy skies are on tap for next weekend.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Low pressure system brings overcast skies and light rain showers this afternoon into early Wednesday. Breezy ridge tops and some patchy freezing rain is possible in only the highest elevations tonight. Elsewhere, temperatures will stay in the upper 30s and a changeover to mixed precip is not expected.

A few leftover rain showers will stick around through early Wednesday. Showers will be tapering off and clouds will begin to break up as the day progresses. Daytime temperatures will stay modest, in the low to mid 50s. High pressure will begin to build over the area Wednesday afternoon/evening. This will set the stage for the Springtime weather we've been looking for!

Skies will stay mostly clear Wednesday night into Thursday. But patchy fog will develop Thursday morning. That high pressure along with plenty of sunshine and a steady southwest air flow will put daytime temperatures in the upper 60s during the day Thursday.

We'll see a similar set up for Friday...Only, temperatures will top out a few degrees warmer in the low 70s on Friday. But another weak low pressure system is on tap for Friday night. So clouds will be on the increase. But rain showers will be limited this weekend. We could see strong wind gusts as a cold front crosses the mountains Friday night. This will keep temperatures in check this weekend. Highs will struggle to touch 60, while lows fall into the low to mid 30s at night...Next week starts dry with warmer air returning to the forecast. Better chances for rain comes Tuesday/Wednesday next week.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Low pressure lifts north from the Mississippi River, spreading rain showers across Central and Southern West Virginia today. Folks in the northern portions of our state can expect generally dry conditions for most of the day today. However, thick cloud cover and light rain showers will gradually overtake the region after midnight. Mixed precip is likely in the higher elevations tonight and early Tuesday with as much as an inch of snow possible for those mountain counties. Temperatures tonight will dip into the low 30s.

Strenghtening low pressure will continue on a northeastward track across the Appalachians Tuesday. Rain showers and isolated thunderstorms along with strong gusty winds are possible Tuesday afternoon & evening. Despite the impending rain, flooding concerns are not epected at this time. Temperatures during the day will stay in the low to mid 50s...upper 30s at night.

Low-lying cloud cover and light rain showers will linger for the first part of the day Wednesday. However, rainfall amounts this week remain unimpressive. New rainfall amonts are not expected to exceed half-an-inch. Again, temperatures will struggle to reach the mid 50s during the day Wednesday.

High pressure will begin building over the area late Wednesday. This will allow for lots of sunshine with dry conditions for the rest of the workweek. Strong southwest air flow will bring plenty of warm air into the region for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures in the upper 60s/low 70s and plenty of sunshine are on tap for St Patrick's Day and Friday.

Cold front arrives Friday night with slight chance of rain showers Friday night/Saturday AM...Good news: weekend tempeatures will still be well above normal, despite the cold front moving in!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Flooding along the Ohio River creates problems today. All other flood warnings have been allowed to expire today as swollen creeks and rivers will recede through the weekend. Meanwhile, that low pressure center continues its northeastward track along the Atlantic Coast today. High pressure will move in and allow for a much needed break in the clouds & precip later today and tonight. So mixed precip will gradually come to an end this evening for many of our low-lying areas. A few light snow flurries will linger in some of our northern mountain counties tonight with an inch or two accumulating into Saturday early morning.  We're expecting an overnight low tonight at or just above freezing.

At the surface, a southwest air flow will bring warmer temperatures and generally mild conditions into Saturday. Temps will hit the upper 50s during the day on Saturday. Weak low pressure will skirt the northern zones Saturday evening and again on Sunday evening. Limited moisture aloft will keep precip on the lighter side. Still, we could see a few light snow flurries in the higher elevations and isolated light rain showers for our low-lying areas. Look for a high Sunday in the mid to upper 40s. Lows over the next few nights will be in the lower 30s/upper 20s.

There are still a few question marks regarding the timing of another weak low pressure system for Monday night. For now, it looks like we'll see a similar setup for Monday. Expect a few light rain showers in our low-lying areas, light upslope snow flurries in our higher elevations with highs in the mid to upper 40s.

Warmer temperatures and drier conditions are on tap for the rest of next week! By mid-week daytime highs will top out in the upper 50s...mid to upper 60s before the weekend!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

High pressure and a few peaks of sunshine helped put temperatures in the 50s today. That high pressure ridge will slide east as strong low pressure from the Central/Southern Plains moves into the Ohio Valley tonight. Thick cloud cover will keep temperatures at or just below freezing tonight. We'll stay dry tonight but there's a slight chance for light mixed precip after midnight.

We'll see winds picking up tonight into Wednesday, especially in the higher elevations. Again, the thinking with this system is that plenty of Gulf Coast moisture will accompany the low pressure system. Some rain may be heavy at times and the odd thunderstorm cannot be ruled out  as the system develops...1.5 inches of new rainfall is expected through Thursday. With many creeks already swollen from recent rainfall, a flood watch is already in effect now through Thursday evening for much of the forecast area. Folks near flood-prone areas would do well to keep a close eye on water levels through Thursday evening.

As that system progesses in a generally northeasterly direction, cold air on the backside of the front will turn any lingering precip over to mixed precip Thursday night with some light accumulation, especially in the higher elevations continuing into Friday. Things will gradually dry out for the rest of the day Friday...We start dry and mild with some sunshine Saturday. But another system will arrive as we set our clocks forward Saturday/Sunday with limited moisture just tossing a few clouds our way. Temperatures will stay on the mild side this weekend.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lots of sunshine with rebounding temperatures today and Tuesday...rivers and creeks gradually receeding...rain showers and a few isolated T storms are possible Wednesday into Thursday.

High pressure gains control today, clearing any lingering low level clouds out of the area. We'll see mostly clear skies this afternoon and just a few high level clouds tonight. Expecting a dry but very chilly night/ Tuesday morning with an overnight low of 26.

Plenty of sunshine Tuesday morning will help put temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. But clouds will be on the increase as the day progresses as another low pressure system makes its way from the southern plains into our region. Rain showers and a few isolated thunderstorms are possible Wednesday into Thursday. An additional inch or 1.5 of new rainfall is possible for midweek. Flash flood advisories will likely be issued as that system taps into Gulf Coast moisture Wednesday& Thursday. We'll also see strong gusty winds as that front crosses the Appalachians through Thursday.

Temperatures will stay on the mild side until cold air on the backside of the front Thursday will change any remaining precipitation over to snow Tursday night. A few snow flurries will linger into Friday morning. Temperatures will bounce back Friday into the upper 40s/ 50s with clear & calm skies expected into Saturday. Another system will arrive from the Great Lakes late Saturday into Sunday. Expect cooler temps, persisent low-lying clouds and a few light rain showers this weekend.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Warm front lifts north today with above average temperatures into Saturday...Widespread rain showers, swollen rivers and  strong gusty winds this weekend with cooler temps in store to start next week.

Temperatures tonight are expected to remain mild as warm front pushes into the Mid-Atlantic states. We're going for a low around 40s tonight. Clouds  are already on the increase as nearly saturated air pours into the region. Patchy light drizzle is possible tonight, especially in our western zones and along the leading edge of the warm frontal boundary.

Southerly air flow will continue to pull lots of warm air into the region Saturday. Expect daytime highs Saturday in the low 60s. More widespread rain showers are expected Saturday through Sunday. Some rain may be heavy at times and much of the area can expect an inch or more of new rain. This new rainfall will add to already swollen waters due to previous runoff. However the thinking is that these past few days of dry weather will be just enough to keep flash flooding out of the forecast. Still strongly advising folks in and around flood-prone areas to keep a close eye on water levels this weekend.

Air flow will turn northwest Sunday as a cold front crosses the Appalachians. We can expect strong gusty winds Saturday night through Sunday as the cold front clashes with leftover Gulf Coast air. Threat of thunderstorms has been removed from the forecast but rain will still steadily falling. We'll also see a brief wintry mix with a few wet snowflakes Sunday before things dry out by Sunday night. Mercury will fall into the low 20s by Sunday night...Sunshine returns to the forecast for the first part of next week. Dry and mild Monday and Tuesday with temperatures in the 40s and 50s during the day. More rain is on tap for next Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dry forecast and our sorely-needed break from the rain continues tonight and Thursday. Warmer temperatures and a few rain showers are on tap for this weekend...A weak cold front will cross the Appalachians today. However, dry air aloft will severely limit moisture & rainfall is not a threat. We'll see a few high level clouds with otherwise clear skies and a low of 16. High pressure arrives Thursday to keep sunshine and dry conditions in the forecast. Cool air lingers during the day but sunshine will gradually put temperatures in the mid to upper 40s Thursday.

Warming trend continues Friday through the weekend as southwest air flow pulls lots of warm air from the Gulf of Mexico into the Mid Atlantic States. Low pressure system will lift copious amounts of moisture into our area during the day Friday. Heavy cloud cover & a few rain showers will spread into the area Friday afternoon & evening.  Rain showers become more widespread as the front passes Saturday night and Sunday. Ahead of the front, plenty of warm air will keep daytime highs in the mid to upper 50s this weekend.

Cold front Sunday will bring cooler, more seasonal temperatures for the first part of next week. Persistent low level clouds and maybe a few light rain showers linger into Monday.  Forecast will dry out for Tuesday...more rain is on tap for midweek next week.