Monday, December 31, 2012

Yep, it's still cold outside with highs struggling to break the freezing point this afternoon. Cloud cover thickening ahead of the next frontal system bringing mainly snow for the northern counties and a rain/snow mix for the southern part of the state as we ring in the new year. Winds ahead of this system will turn breezy with gusts to 25 MPH across north central WV at times this evening and overnight. Chilly and a bit breezy overnight with snow showers and lows near 30. We'll keep periods of snow for Tuesday with highs in the low 30s. Light snow flurries still possible Tuesday night with lows falling into the upper teens! Gradually clearing sky conditions will bring sunshine during the day on Wednesday. Will continue to see occasional blasts of cold air sinking south into our area for the second half next this week. Highs will pretty much stay below freezing and lows will dip into the teens and twenties into the first weekend of the new year. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cold tonight with lows into the mid 20s. Occasional snow flurries are still possible this evening and overnight, especially in the higher elevations. Minor accumulations of an inch or less are expected in the lowlands with an additional couple of inches of snow in the mountains. Lingering snow flurries still hang out in the mountains into late Sunday morning. Then high pressure will provide mainly clear skies for Sunday afternoon and evening. But temperatures will stay below freezing with highs only cresting in the low 30s. Next weather system threatens the forecast area with more mixed precip on Monday night/Tuesday.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Mainly snow poppin up in the radar with some drizzle further south. Plenty of locations are below freezing already.  Take it easy if you're heading out in the morning.

Not a bad day today. Mainly cloudy with some patches of blue sky this afternoon. Temps are still on the cool side with highs in the mid 30s. Next weather disturbance will lift north into the area to bring rain changing to snow tonight into Saturday morning. Precip will change back to a wintry mix during the day on Saturday, ending as snow on Sunday morning. Here's a look at the snowfall forecast into Sunday morning. 1-3 inches in the lowlands. 3-6" higher up. There's also a winter weather advisory for a large portion of the Mountain State @ 1 AM Saturday. Will post more later today.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rain still scooting across our forecast area, making for a soggy evening. Winds turning from the northwest along with lots of cold air will drop temperatures below freezing, producing snow tonight around midnight. Any water leftover on sidewalks & roadways will freeze overnight. So some ICY roadways are possible Friday morning. Periods of sustained winds at 20-30 MPH and gusts to 60 MPH are also possible, especially along our highest ridge tops. These conditions will combine with blowing snow to reduce visibility, making traveling treacherous, especially Friday night/Saturday morning. Due to the strong winds, power outages are also possible during this time. So be prepared with non-perishable foods and alternate heat sources. 3-5 inches of snow are expected across much of lowland WV and 8-16 inches are possible in our mountain counties. The National Weather Service has issued several weather warnings for our area, including a blizzard warning in red, a winter storm warning in pink, a winter weather advisory in purple, high wind warnings in that mustard color and a wind advisory in tan. Click for all the latest info! Snow showers will gradually end across WV during the day on Saturday. 

Blizzard warnings, winter storm watches, winter weather advisories, high wind watches and warnings are effective for various times across the Mountain State and surrounding areas. Will break down all the important details this evening. Be prepared for powerful wind gusts along with blowing snow, reduced visibility and possible power outages tonight through much of Saturday... More this evening!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tucker & Preston counties in WV and Garrett County MD now upgraded to Winter Storm Warning. Impacts include heavy, blowing snow 8-14", wind gusts to 45 MPH and .25 miles visibilities combining to create blizzard conditions starting from 11 AM Friday until 7 PM Saturday.

Dry tonight with lows in the mid/upper 30s under partly cloudy skies. Mainly cloudy Thursday with highs in the low to mid 50s. Rain showers associated with that storm moving across the Midwest will ramp up in our westernmost counties around lunchtime, spreading across the state into the early afternoon. There is also a small chance for isolated thunder, especially across southern portions of West Virginia Thursday afternoon. Winds will also be noticeably stronger as the day progresses. Gusts could kick up above 50 MPH at times! As that cold air settles in, the bottom will really drop out of the temperatures statewide. I'm talking about a 20° temperature change in a little more than 12 hours! Factor in those strong winds,it'll feel like single digit conditions outside! Plus, that quick freeze scenario will likely create some icy spots on the roadways. Overnight lows Thursday will dip into the 20s. So slow down and drive safely Thursday night and all day Friday! I think Friday will be fit for neither man not beast. Accumulating snow and strong winds will continue throughout the day, carrying into at least the first half of Saturday. By lunchtime Saturday can expect 4-6 inches of snow across much of lowland West Virginia and a foot or more in the higher elevations and northwest-facing slopes. Winter Storm Watches (blue) are in effect for several mountain counties in WV, MD & PA. For my friends in the Eastern Panhandle, the NWS has not issued any watches/warnings for your area. Snowfall amounts will drop off quickly as we look towards the lee-side of the Appalachians. But be prepared for changing weather conditions! More later!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hey folks here's a quick update on the upcoming precipitation situation. Storm will move across the southern Great Lakes Thursday night into Friday. The leading edge of the rain showers associated with this system will arrive in the western counties of West Virginia just before lunchtime Thursday morning. Rain will change to snow as that cold air settles in Thursday night. Snow throughout the day on Friday along with winds gusting to over 40 MPH will bring blizzard-like conditions, especially across our eastern mountains and parts of western MD. Factor in temperatures in the mid to upper 20s and you've got single digit wind chill factors in the higher elevations. We're lookin" at 3-6 inches by Friday night in some of the lowlands. And this is just ONE of the latest forecast models showing more than a foot of snow in the higher terrain of WV by sundown Saturday. Naturally, this will make it even harder for you to text and drive. So the NWS has issued a winter storm watch from Thursday night until Saturday evening for several counties in WV and Garrett County, MD. But there's still time for that to change. Check back later for more i

Foggy in spots this morning. Otherwise today will be cloudy with rain showers diminishing by early afternoon. Highs will stay in the mid/upper 40s. Winds will be in the breezy side this afternoon. A few mountain snowflakes are possible this evening & overnight with lows in the low/mid 30s. Sunshine with a few passing clouds Wednesday. Highs reach the upper 40s. Rainy and mild to start on Thursday. Then that cold front will bring strong winds and light snow accumulations Thursday night into Friday. Cold air sticks around into Christmas.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Here's a link to the latest super high-res radar We can see more of a moderate rain falling across northern WV at this time. This rain is associated with a cold front pushing eastward across the eastern US today. However, conditions are not nearly cold enough to produce snow...yet. Lows fall into the low 40s tonight and stay in the upper 40s to 50° Tuesday. We'll start Tuesday cloudy and rainy. But high pressure and drier air will provide clearing skies by Tuesday night. A tiny little bit of snow will fall in the mountains Tuesday evening/Tuesday night. Not much accumulation is expected there. But commuters may see a few slick spots by Wednesday morning. The rest of  Wednesday will be mainly sunny with highs near 50°. Then another stronger system will trek across the Midwest, arriving with rain initially Thursday. But much colder air behind this front will bring a complete changeover to snow Thursday night into Friday morning. Forecast models have been struggling a bit with this system. But the average snowfall amounts by Friday night will add up to 2-3 inches across central & eastern WV with maybe an additional inch of snow in the mountains of WV/MD/PA. Lookin' at this map which shows ONE of the latest model runs, we can see very little snow accumulation across western and southern WV. So although this Thursday/Friday system may create some minor travel problems, it's not a show stopper. Cold air will stick around into the weekend before Christmas. Stand by for more info on white Christmas or not....Thanks for reading!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

We'll stay cloudy with light rain showers possible this afternoon & evening. Temperatures stay well above normal thanks to steady southerly flow ahead of the next warm front. Rainy & breezy with isolated thunder Monday. Temperatures will stay way above normal for mid December. We'll keep snow out of the forecast until that cold front passes Tuesday. This will bring a changeover to mixed precip and snow during the day on Tuesday. Not expecting much accumulation in the lowlands. Mountain counties may see an inch or so by Wednesday morning. Cooler air will stick around through the rest of this week to bring temperatures to near normal. Dry with sunshine Wednesday thanks to high pressure overhead. Then another cold front will bring rain initially Thursday followed by cold air and snow Thursday night/Friday. Forecast models are spitting out an inch or two of snow accumulation by Friday. More in a bit...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

We made it to the weekend! Today will feature a sun/cloud mix while southerly winds at the surface bring above normal temperatures this afternoon. Highs will reach the low to mid 50s. Increasing late day clouds will bring a small chance for rain after dark, especially along the Ohio River Valley. You can see the leading edge of those rain showers already into Ohio & Kentucky at lunch time. Tonight, mainly cloudy with spotty light rain showers and a low of 43°. Sunday will be overcast & breezy with scattered rain & a high of 57°. Weather conditions Monday will still be mild with highs in the upper 50s. But we'll keep mainly cloudy skies, wind and rain in the forecast throughout the day. Then another cold front will bring cooler temperatures Monday night into Tuesday. That cold front will be strong enough to produce a changeover to snow or mixed wintry precip sometime Tuesday, especially in the higher elevations. More on that later... Then ANOTHER STRONGER system will sweep across the eastern US towards the end of next week (Thursday/Friday). This looks to bring rain initially followed by a cold blast/changeover to accumulating snow in time for holiday travel!

Keep up with that latest radar with this link! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

We'll see plenty of sunshine today as low level moisture from that cold front finally clears out of the Eastern Panhandle. Highs reach into the low 40s today. Clear & calm tonight with lows in the mid 20s. Mainly sunny with highs flirting w
ith 50° Thursday & Friday. Sun/cloud mix with low 50s Saturday. Next front will bring chance for rain & a mountain snowflake Saturday night into Sunday. Stronger front brings more mixed precip Tuesday next week.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Well we're nearly finished with the marathon of rain that's been goin on here since Friday! Radar is clear for once. But be advised: some drizzle or freezing drizzle may create slick spots this morning. Lingering light snow flurries will also gradually end today. We're left with chilly but calm conditions under a mainly sky through the rest of the work week. Temps stay in the upper 30s/low 40s today. It'll be a chilly night with lows in the 20s. In fact, we have a couple of chilly night in tap this week. Daytime temps will gradually warm into the upper 40s & 50s toward the second half of the week.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

This cold front will bring more rain, gusty winds, thunder and mountain snow by Tuesday! Repeated downpours tonight & tomorrow could cause minor flooding along small creeks and streams by this time Monday. A thunderstorm is also possible Monday afternoon. Weather conditions will become quite breezy and cold as the front passes. On the map you can see at least a 20° temperature drop in a matter of hours Monday night. An inch of snow is possible in the high country by Tuesday AM! Chilly Tuesday with highs in the low 40s & lows in the 20s by Tuesday night.

Lunch time radar check! More rain lifting norteastward to bring another round of early afternoon rain showers. Mild today & tonight.  Highs range from the low 60s in the western counties to upper 40s im the eastern panhandle. Morgantown will see a high of 57°.  Temps tonight will stay in the low 50s/upper 40s. We'll keep rain in the forecast Monday with highs in the 60s. Much colder with a snowflake or two through the rest of the week.

Friday, December 7, 2012

It'll be a soggy weekend with periods of rain now through Monday. Temperatures remain fairly mild with highs in the upper 50s/low 60s. Lows will hang in the low 40s. Cold front will cross Monday night to bring a changeover to snow flurries just in time for the moisture feed to get cut off. Not expecting a whole lot of accumulation. Again that's not till Monday night/Tuesday. Have a great Friday!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mainly sunny today with highs in the low 50s! Sky cover will turn mainly cloudy tonight, keeping lows in the low 40s across the lowlands of West Virginia. While folks in the mountain & eastern counties will see lows in the 30s tonight. A trough building in the Midwest will bring another opportunity for rain across the mountain state Friday. We'll continue to see gradual warming each afternoon with highs reaching into the 50s & 60s for the weekend. But that long wave trough will continue to deepen as it moves into the eastern US. This means we'll keep mainly cloudy skies along with periods of rain Saturday, Sunday and Monday, next week. Periods of moderate to heavy rain are possible this weekend into early next week. So we may see isolated minor high water problems by Sunday night/Monday, especially along small creeks and streams. We'll keep snow and wintry precip out of the picture for now. But temperateness will become cold enough to support snow by Monday night/Tuesday. More later...

Image courtesy of HPC is of our 5-day rainfall totals through Monday night. Nearly 2" of rain are possible along the Ohio River Valley. 3/4 to 1 " are likely out east through this weekend. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Clearing sky from west to east today. Temperatures will be much cooler than yesterday. Today's high in Morgantown will be 45°. Thats nearly 25° cooler than yesterday but closer to average. Little bit warmer in the east. Cold tonight, low, 25°. Temperatures slowly rebound to above normal for the 2nd half of the week. But we'll keep chance rain showers through the weekend, into early next week.

Picture courtesy of NWS.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

It's another warm day today with highs in the 60s. But the latest radar image shows the leading edge of a band of rain crossing into our western counties now. Some of these showers may produce some heavy rainfall and isolated thunder later today. It's also breezy across our northern counties with gusts into the 20s. We'll keep rain showers and mild temperatures in the forecast overnight with lows only in the low 50s. Rain showers will be ending Monday morning, leaving partly cloudy skies throughout the day. Temperatures will again reach the low/mid 60s Monday afternoon. Cold front will bring more rain Tuesday followed by cooler temperatures Tuesday night. Have a nice Sunday!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sun/cloud mix on your Friday with highs in the 50s! A nice weekend of weather will unfurl with afternoon temperatures in the upper 50s Saturday & 60s Sunday! A few rain showers are likely Sunday night/Monday AM. Cold front to bring more scattered showers Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Departing low pressure left light snow cover over some of our eastern mountains today. Elsewhere, things have been slowly drying out this evening. Regional radar looks clear but there is likely some mist still falling, especially in the eastern mountains where lingering moisture may produce some freezing drizzle as temperatures fall overnight. Our lows will be in the mid 20s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Also watch for patches of dense fog tonight and early Wednesday. Daytime weather conditions Wednesday will be mainly sunny with highs in the low 40s. Weather conditions through the rest of this week will stay mainly sunny & dry with highs reaching into the mid 50s! Next rain looks like sometime Sunday. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

We spend much of today under sunny skies with highs reaching into the mid 40s. Increasing late day clouds will bring showers into the Charleston area & western counties by 7 or 8 o'clock. A changeover to snow is expected before midnight as moisture spreads eastward into our state. Minor accumulations generally reaching 2 to 3 inches area expected across much of the area with maximum snowfall amounts in the eastern mountains. Lows will be in the upper 20s/low 30s tonight. Gradual clearing is expected from west to east by midday Tuesday. High pressure will keep mainly sunny skies in the forecast Tuesday afternoon through Friday with temperatures gradually getting warmer each afternoon. We'll finish out the week with highs in the mid 50s!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

 Below average temperatures maintain a strong foothold across the Mountain State with highs struggling to break into the low 40s this afternoon. Low level cloud cover slowly clearing out of the area thanks to high pressure to our south. Expecting partial clearing later this evening, through the overnight hours as that high pressure marches eastward. Another chilly night is in store tonight with lows falling into the upper 20s. We start out with patches of blue sky on Monday. With the sunshine, we'll see highs creeping into the mid/upper 40s. We may even see the mercury reach 50° in some spots Monday! But that next cold front will bring increased cloud cover and a mixed bag of precip Monday night/Tuesday.

Here's the breakdown: With the exception of our higher elevations above 3000 feet (where precip will be ALL snow), much of the forecast area will see rain showers Monday evening. But as temperatures fall below freezing around midnight-1 AM Tuesday, rain will changeover to snow across the lowlands of West Virginia. We could see a few click spots as we head out the door Tuesday morning with an inch or so accumulation. But widespread snow accumulation is not expected. Snow flurries will eventually give way to a rain/snow mix or just rain during the day on Tuesday. Any snow that didn't immediately melt will likely be gone by Tuesday afternoon. In the higher terrain, look for minor accumulations or 2 or 3 inches. Linger mountain snow flurries are likely into early Wednesday. Elsewhere, conditions will be dry but chilly for Tuesday night and Wednesday. 

We'll finish out the work week with mainly clear skies with daytime highs reaching into the upper 40s/low 50s. Next opportunity for rain comes Friday night/Saturday as a quick weather disturbance brushes northern West Virginia.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

We'll stay cool today with afternoon highs struggling to get out of the 30s. Lingering snow flurries may amount to an inch or so accumulation in the eastern mountains. Gradually clearing skies & chilly tonight with lows in,the low 20s. Sunshine Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Rain/snow mix on tap for Tuesday next week. Have a nice weekend!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Breezy with increasing clouds & scattered rain showers, especially this afternoon & evening. This front will continue to push eastward across Ohio & Kentucky through this morning and will affect our forecast area through tonight. Temperatures will plummet with nightfall, bringing lows into the mid to upper 20s tonight! This will change any leftover precip over to snow with only a skiff of snow accumulating in the mountains by Saturday morning. Gradual sunshine is on tap across much of the area for Saturday. Temperatures will be slow to rebound with highs only reaching the low 40s. We'll stay mainly dry for the remainder of the weekend. Another disturbance will bring more rain into the first half of next week.

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's mainly sunny this morning across most of our state today with a bulk of the cloud cover over in the Eastern Panhandle as that low pressure hangs around off the Carolina coast. Things will gradually warm up this week. We may even see 60° in some of the lowlands today! That's well above the 52° norm for today...Mainly clear tonight with lows hovering just above freezing. Mainly clear for the first part of Tuesday with increasing late-day clouds. Highs will reach the upper 50s again. Partly to mostly cloudy Wednesday as a weak front swings through. Not much moisture there, so there's very little chance for rain Tuesday night/Wednesday. Thanksgiving Day looks mainly sunny & calm with highs in the low 60s! Expect light rain showers Friday followed by a few light snow flurries Saturday night. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

We've had a string of nice days across the Mountain State. And today is no exception! We have clear skies with not a blip on the radar. Highs reach the upper 50s, approaching 60 in some spots. With all these nice days, rainfall on the month is 1.62 inches below average. Division of Forestry has much of WV under a high wild fire threat for this weekend. So use caution while burning...Another chilly night is in store tonight with a low of 33°.  If you're heading out into the woods tomorrow, look for temps in the low 30s before sunrise. The rest of the day will be mainly sunny with partly cloudy skies in the east. Temperatures will reach the upper 50s during the day. A weak front will cross our area Wednesday with light rain showers. But we'll have overall nice weather next week. It won't be quite as cold with highs in the mid/upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s/low 40s. . The next cold front will bring better chance of rain sometime Friday. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Forecast is breezy with increasing clouds this afternoon & evening as a cold front sweeps across the eastern US from southern Ontario to Texas. Gusts in the 20-30 MPH range are possible out ahead of the front, especially along our ridge tops in our northern counties later today. Scattered rain showers will spread eastward across the Mountain State tonight. Overnight temperatures falling into the low/mid 30s will likely trigger a changeover to sleet or even freezing rain/freezing drizzle in the wee hours Tuesday. Up to an inch of snow is possible in the high country above 3000 feet Tuesday morning. So watch for isolated slick spots when you head out Tuesday morning!

High pressure will build into the region behind the front Tuesday, keeping a dry & tranquil forecast through the rest of this week. Highs will top out in the upper 40s to low 50s each day under partly cloudy skies. Lows will sink into the upper 20s/low 30s at night.  We'll be watching brief slug of southern moisture trying to lift north & skirt our area later in the week. But it remains unimpressive at the moment. Will tell ya about any changes. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Here it is Wednesday already! I almost let this week slip right past me! Here's the latest on that Nor'easter that everyone is squawking about. Much of the forecast area will escape the clutches of this 'storm' with little more than persistent cloud cover. However, some areas in the  high country and in the Eastern Panhandle will see a skiff of snow overnight into Thursday morning. Lows will be plenty cold enough with temps falling into the mid/upper 20s. Most of the moisture associated with this system will have left our forecast area by Thursday morning, leaving with mostly sunny skies to finish out the work week. High pressure (pictured) ridging will move in quick on the heels of this system to provide warmer temps and copious sunshine into the weekend, lasting at least into Sunday evening. Gradually improving temperatures will bring daytime highs into the 60s and 70s this weekend! Nights will still be chilly with lows falling into the 30s & 40 under mostly clear skies. Have a great second half of the week & thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Taking a look at moisture in the mid levels, we can still see the counterclockwise rotation and all that loud cover left over from you know who...Northwest flow over West Virginia keeping light drizzle on tap in the lowlands this evening with snow still falling on our slopes. Temperatures overnight will hang in the low/mid 30s. So a changeover to snow is possible in spots with nightfall. Only minor accumulations of an inch or two are expected on the slopes. Also, a brief period of freezing rain is expected EARLY Thursday before things change back over to rain for much of the rest of the day Thursday.  A winter weather advisory is in effect for :RALEIGH-FAYETTE-NICHOLAS-WEBSTER-UPSHUR-POCAHONTAS-RANDOLPH COUNTIES until 11 AM Thursday morning. We'll keep overcast skies with scattered rain showers until late afternoon on Thursday. Light snow flurries will continue to fall in the high country as that low pressure finally moves off the grid. Clouds will finally begin to break Thursday evening, setting up a mainly clear & cool night. In fact, cool nights are on tap over the next few nights with lows flirting with freezing through the first half of the weekend.

When will we see the sun again? Sunshine will be on the increase from south to north on Friday. But a quick slug of moisture will bring snow flurries to the mountains and light rain across our lowlands early Friday...THEN we'll clear out in time for the weekend. You'll know you've earned it Saturday when highs reach the mid 50s under mainly sunny skies. Enjoy it. Rain returns Sunday. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lows fall into the low/mid 30s overnight with some slick spots on some roadways. Still feeling the effects of Sandy as the leftovers simmer & depart Wed night/ Thursday. Snow won't be letting up in the high country tonight. Blizzard warnings still in place. Look for an additional 8-10" there & continue to watch for falling trees & branches. Towards the lowlands we'll pick up some minor accumulations of an inch or two by Wednesday morning. Scattered rain showers & mostly cloudy skies on tap for us Wednesday. Snow machine will finally shut down in the mountains Friday.

Temperatures through the rest of the week will gradually warm into the mid 40s. Mainly sunny with highs in the 50 Saturday! Lookin' at rain again Sunday.

We're not out of the woods yet people. Although conditions in Morgantown & most of our lowlands will gradually improve later today as rain mixes with/changes to snow. The rest of the state will continue to pick up steady snow today & tonight. Here is the precip gorecast through the next 48 hours. Above 3000 ft, where snow will continue to fall you can expect another 6-12 inches of snow. Remember that as a general rule, for every inch of rain it's 10 inches of snow...sometimes more! 20% of our state is without power at this time. So if you can, just hunker down & utilize your emergency supplies that you gathered pre-storm and wait this out for the next day or so. If you must venture out, do so with caution. Lots of trees are down. I expect more trees & possibly power lines to come down as more snow piles up! Stay safe & warm!

Good morning friends! Snow in the lowlands of WV will gradually melt as the day wears on. But I'm hearing the pop and crackle of tree branches outside, so be careful if you decide to head out this morning. High wind warnings have expired across Mon county. Still expecting scattered rain showers later today, tonight & Wednesday. In the higher elevations, things are messier. Lots of snow, downed trees and power lines, lots of power outages. Stay safe & warm friends! Gradual sunshine by Thursday!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blizzard Warnings & Winter Storm Warnings added as Sandy draws near. We're still looking at the strong possibility of heavy wet snow, combined with strong gusty winds to produce a dangerous situation Monday & Tuesday. In the lowlands (below
 2000 feet) we can expect 1-6 inches of heavy wet snow. While above 3000 feet, 1-2 feet are possible! This is in addition to heavy rains & strong winds to 50-60 MPH along the ridge tops! Folks in the mountains will likely see a changeover from rain to snow sometime Sunday night into Monday morning. Again, fallen trees/branches and down power lines are a strong possibility over the coming days.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Here's a quick round up of the precipitation situation! Quick and dirty & clockwise from top right: Total precip forecast through Halloween. Bottom right: NWS snowfall forecast into Tuesday. Bottom left: Delaware Bay. Middle: Winter Storm Watch. Top left: Strong winds Monday into Tuesday. Add all these up and we get the meteorological guacamole hitting the fan! Forecast models have been trending Sandy towards landfall near Delaware Bay, say from Ocean City to Atlantic City. More than thirteen inches of precip are forecast in spots in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast states. Some of our neighboring states have already hoisted the state of emergency flag to get things moving along AHEAD of time!

Back home, we'll cool things off with scattered showers as that cold front passes Saturday into Sunday. Weekend temps will range in the 40s & 50s. But as Sandy progs up the Atlantic coast we'll see lots of moisture AND cold air wrapping around, hitting us from the north/northwest. Overall, we can expect 3-5" of total PRECIP, which could become heavy at times by Tuesday. Some of that precip will fall as wet snow, especially in the higher elevations above 2500 feet. NWS has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster counties for late Sunday night through Tuesday evening. Snowfall totals higher up will tally 10-14+ inches! Winds will likely be practically sustained at 25-30 MPH at times with gusts easily twice that early next week. 

Across the lowlands, we've got that Indian Summer on our side so the ground melt much of the snow. But trees and power lines will likely accumulate a whole bunch of wet snow. Plus, the winds...If I remember correctly that doesn't end well for the trees or the power lines. Let me just say 'Sandy ain't gonna do us any favors!' We'll have a couple cool days & chilly nights lined up after the clouds break. It would be nice to have some extra firewood/couches laying around to burn in the event of a power outage next week! So go out an extra pack of hot dogs and a case (or two) of beer and let's wait this one out! More tomorrow!

Check out the snowfall forecast courtesy of NWS, Charleston!

We'll squeeze out one last day of warm weather today with a high of 76°. Watch for morning sunshine then increasing afternoon clouds ahead of that cold front timed for Saturday. Scattered rain showers are likely after dark tonight. Lows fall to near 50°. Saturday we'll open the trap door & temperatures will fall into the 40s & 50s while some breezy winds mix down to the surface. This makes for a chilly, wet weekend. But we're just getting started! By Monday morning temps will have turned cold enough for a changeover to...SNOW. Although much of this wet snow is not expected to stick at first, we could be looking at SEVERAL inches of snow in our mountain counties by Tuesday. Some of the forecast models spit out 12-18" of snowfall in our highest elevations by Tuesday. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

As problematic as hurricane force winds and storm surge are, the rainfall associated with Sandy will be even more troubling for the eastern US...NOT just coastal-but inland flooding and power outages from downed trees and power lines are expected as Sandy hugs the eastern seaboard Sunday into next week. Here is the 5-day rainfall forecast. *Note, Sandy will affect the e'rn US all through next week. This graphic only shows thru Tuesday. Plan now and pass on this info to friends and family!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's another tranquil night across the Mountain State with lows into the low 50s. Thursday looks good with highs reaching the low 80s in the afternoon! We'll see increasing clouds Friday ahead of the next cold front. Weekend weather will turn chilly & wet as the front swings through. We'll also see some moisture leftover from Tropical Storm Sandy, which could bring problematic precip to the eastern US. Will post more on that this evening...Don't forget to go play outside & enjoy the indian summer before it's gone!

Monday, October 22, 2012

We have a nice week of weather lined up across the Mountain State as the blazing Fall colors begin to fade. Lots of warm air will be lifting north into the eastern US ahead of a cold front, bringing daytime temperatures well above normal for much of the week. A weak disturbance will skirt our northern counties with light rain showers Tuesday into Wednesday. Otherwise high pressure will keep the forecast dry & sunny with a few passing clouds. Those afternoon highs will ease into the upper 70s/low 80s through at least Friday. But that cold front will bring rain & cooler temps with highs in the 50s & 60s by the weekend.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday night forecast looks partly cloudy with isolated light rain showers & lows dipping into the mid 40s. Saturday will be cool with highs only reaching the mid 50s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. An afternoon rain shower or two are possible, especially across our northern counties. But skies will clear in time for the 7 PM kickoff against KS State. We'll be left with near perfect October football weather! Sunday looks partly cloudy with highs near 60. Warmer next week...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Starting to see some strong wind gusts out ahead of the frontal boundary. Rain showers & a few Tstorms likely later this afternoon & evening, especially in the eastern half of our state.

Another warm day is on tap with highs in the upper 60s. But here comes the cold front! We've seen some heavy rain & strong winds as this system pushes eastward across the Ohio Valley. Some weakening is expected this morning as it encounters the mountains of West Virginia. Then by lunchtime we can expect some restrengthening into this afternoon. Gusts will approach 20-30 mph at times, especially across our Potomac Highlands & the Eastern Panhandle. The Storm Prediction Center has included all points east of I-79 in their slight risk of severe weather for this afternoon & evening. Leftover rain showers will slowly wind down early Friday. Then a chilly wet weekend is in store in our northern counties.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Winds ahead of this cold front will be out of the south today, bringing temperatures into the upper 60s/70s this afternoon. Increasing clouds tonight with temps hanging near 50. Breezy & rainy Thursday as the front slides eastward. Cool with leftover showers in our northern counties into Friday. Temperatures will remain on the cool side with highs in the 50s & low 60s as we kick off the weekend.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Our Sunday forecast doesn't look too bad. Highs will reach into the upper 70s to 80°! We'll see mostly cloudy skies and some strong winds gusting to 20 MPH at times. Scattered rain showers are likely. But any thunderstorms are expected to weaken pretty quickly as they drift eastward into WV. So the winds, warmer temps and a little rain will be the main weather impacts tomorrow. Next week is shaping up nicely so far...

Here's the latest satellite image. We're sunny today with temps in the 70s. Leading edge of those clouds will prog eastward this evening, bringing breezy conditions along with rain & a rumble of thunder by Sunday. Temps will stay mild overnight with lows in the 50s. Will post more about Sunday's weather in a bit! Have a great weekend & s'go MTNEERS!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cold front drapes cloudy skies across northern WV today. Not much moisture aloft means we'll likely stay dry as the front moves through. Afternoon temps creep into the low 60s. Then another chilly night is in store under clear skies. Lows will teeter around freezing for much of the mtn state. Saturday still looks dry & warmer with plenty of sunshine during the day. Southerly flow will bring warmer air with highs into the 70s. Watching the next system to bring gusty winds Saturday night followed by rain & thunder Sunday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A revision for you: NWS has upgraded/expanded our warning for tonight. Now, nearly all of WV will be under a freeze warning (bright blue) until Thursday morning as lows fall into the 20s & 30s. At this point it's easier to tell ya which counties are NOT under a freeze warning. Basically the easternmost counties of the eastern panhandle of WV are excluded from this warning. So that's Hampshire, Hardy, eastern Mineral, Jefferson, etc. Nonetheless, it will be chilly. I recommend pants!

Here is the latest from the NWS. Navy blue=freeze watch, light blue=freeze warning from tonight through early Thursday. We'll keep it breezy today as that cold front pushes eastward across the Mid Atlantic states today & tonight. Sky will clear up overnight, allowing for a very chilly night. Dry & mild Thursday with highs near 60. Light rain returns Friday. We'll squeeze out another nice weekend with highs in the 70s!

Light rain showers will skirt mainly our northern counties today. Highs reach into the low 60s. Clear & chilly tonight with temps dipping into the upper 20s/low 30s. Frost advisories, freeze watches & warnings are in effect across much of the Mountain State. Will post more on that in a bit. Gradually warmer in time for the weekend! Have a great day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Happy Friday! Mainly sunny today with increasing late-day clouds & a high of 77°. Scattered showers will spread eastward into the Ohio Valley & across WV tonight, carrying over into Saturday. Temps drop into the low/mid 50s overnight. Morning rain Saturday with gradual drying in the afternoon. Temps will stay in the 50s Saturday. Saturday night will be mainly clear & chilly with lows in the low/mid30s. Sunday will feature another round of morning rain showers with highs in the low/mid 50s. Overnight low on Sunday will teeter on freezing. Frost and a snowflake or two are likely in our mountain counties.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sky conditions will be mainly clear overnight with the exception of a few passing clouds. Lows will fall into the low/mid 50s across the lowlands & 40s in some of the higher elevations. We'll see patchy fog Friday morning followed by partly cloudy skies towards mid morning. We'll stay dry with increasing clouds through much of the day Friday as highs reach the mid/upper 70s. Then that well-advertised cold front will swing in from southern Ontario to bring chilly rain & cooler temperatures Friday night into the weekend. That Friday night forecast will be a bit breezy as the leading edge of rain showers begin to push eastward across the Ohio Valley sometime around eight or nine o'clock. Showers will linger into Saturday morning & thanks to that cool Canadian air, we'll see temperatures struggling to crest in the mid 50s. Folks over in the Eastern Panhandle will enjoy temps reaching the low 60s Saturday as warmer air lingers out east. Then ANOTHER front will sweep through to bring a healthy dose of rain to the Mountain State on Sunday. A chilly night awaits Sunday night with lows falling into the mid 30s for Monday morning.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Clockwise from top left, tornado probability, damaging wind probability, latest radar, latest satellite. Periods of rain & gusty winds expected today. Any afternoon/evening storms could become severe with highest chance for severe weather along our western counties. As you can see, tornado development is not out of the question in the afternoon hours. Will need to stay alert for quickly changing weather & be ready to seek shelter indoors in the event of severe weather today!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Rain and a few thunderstorms move in from the south this afternoon/evening. Breezy & rainy overnight with lows in the mid 50s. Rain/storms carry into Tuesday with slight chance for a few severe storms, especially for our western & central counties. Rain could be heavy at times which could lead to some water problems by midweek. Southerly flow will keep warmer temps on tap this week with highs in the upper 70s & low 80s. High pressure will provide clearer skies Wednesday into Thursday. A series of weather disturbances are timed for Friday and again Saturday. Cooler air will accompany that Saturday system with highs struggling to reach 60 this coming weekend.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

We'll stay on the southern periphery of a closed low pressure system over the Great Lakes Sunday. This will toss some cloud cover into West Virginia, keeping things on the cool side. But there's only a slight chance of rain across a couple of our northernmost counties this afternoon. Otherwise, temps will stay in the mid/upper 60s under mainly cloudy skies. Tonight, expect gradually clearing skies on the backside of that departing low pressure with lows falling into the mid 40s. This will set us up for another foggy start Monday morning. Then sunshine is on tap for mid-morning into early afternoon with highs closing in on 70°. But a deep trough currently sweeping across the Mississippi River Valley will lift north, effecting our forecast area Monday evening into Tuesday. This system will have plenty of moisture to work with & we could see some locally heavy downpours with minor water problems possible towards the end of the week.

Another cold front will swing in from Canada to bring a sharp cool dwn & chance of rain late in the forecast (next Sunday).

Friday, September 28, 2012

Drier air will fill in from the north overnight into Saturday. Cool temps linger through the weekend with rain Sunday...Clearing skies will allow for some morning fog as temps fall into the upper 40s overnight. Bring a light jacket for Saturday morning & peel it off as you make your way to the stadium. We'll stay dry & partly cloudy with highs leaning on 70. Next weather disturbance will swing in from the north with rain Sunday. Monday looks dry. Rain possible Tuesday.

Some low level moisture lingering in the southern part of the state continues to provide rain shower activity today. Drier air mixes into our northern counties as we hang ourselves out to dry. High pressure will provide a mainly dry forecast overnight & into Friday. Lows will fall into the upper 40s/low 50s with patchy fog for Saturday morning. Saturday looks mainly sunny with highs in the upper 60s to 70°. Another disturbance will creep up for Sunday. Dry & mild Monday. Rain again Tuesday/Wednesday next week.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Upper level disturbances will ride along this stationary front as it lingers over the Appalachians into early Saturday. Periods of rain are expected today with highs in the mid/upper 70s. Some rain is in the forecast Friday. Looks like we'll be dry by noontime Saturday.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thunderstorms streaming into our western counties at the 10:00 hour. Down around Point Pleasant, Ravenswood storms will be arriving in a few minutes. Scattered showers & storms will continue to stream in along our southern & western counties into early Thursday. A few storms that press eastward into central WV overnight could be capable of producing gusts to 20-25 MPH & locally heavy rain. Frontal boundary will waiver over the Mountain State Thursday & Friday. Rain is also not out of the question next Saturday morning. More tomorrow...