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!