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. 

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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.

Colder temperatures will round out the week as deep low pressure sweeps across the eastern US. We'll get in on several snow squalls tween now and NEXT Monday! More later...

Despite our proximity to this large low pressure system crossing the Great Lakes today, we spend much of the day under the influence of mild, sunny weather! This is thanks to dry air intrusion into the southeastern sections of the low pressure center. With surface winds still southwesterly, plenty of warm air continues to rush into our area this morning. This warming trend will cease and desist later today as low pressure pushes eastward into New England this evening and overnight. This will allow the return of moisture to our northernmost counties tonight. Lows will dip into the low 30s and we'll likely see a dusting of snow by Tuesday morning.  We'll also get in on some strong gusty winds, especially along our ridge tops this evening. Sustained winds at 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH have triggered a wind advisory for Garrett, Preston and Tucker counties until 7 PM tonight. Mixed precip is on tap for Wednesday night/Thursday as the next disturbance crosses south and east of our area.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Freezing rain advisory for Tucker County from 10 PM tonight until 4 AM Monday. Wind advisory for Mercer County until 6 AM. Sustained winds 15-30MPH with gusts to 50 MPH could bring down a tree or two.

Melting some snow today. Currently 60° in Charleston and Huntington! Morgantown just hit 53° while Martinsburg and much of the eastern pnahandle manages to stay about ten degrees cooler. Already starting to get returns on the radar near Parkersburg as this low pressure system pushes eastward. Rain will eventually overtake the area after dark. Freezing rain is likely in the eastern counties as lows flirting with freezing. Elsewhere, lows will stay in the upper 30s/low 40s and precip will stay in the form of rain. Showers depart by mid morning.

The bigger story will be the winds in the next 24 hours. With the saturated ground and winds gusting to 45 MPH at times, could see a fallen tree or two. Cooler air IS on tap for Monday night/Tuesday. Wrap around moisture will change to snow in the north and eastern mtns. Look for just a dusting there. Otherwise dry and mild with highs in the mid 40s Tuesday. Mixed precip again Wednesday. Cool air sticks around with more snow flurries to round out the weekend.

Despite increasing late-day clouds, a steady southerly wind will help temperatures reach the low/mid 50s across much of West Virginia today. The exception is the Eastern Panhandle, where cold air damming against the lee side of the Appalachians will keep cooler temps in the mid 40s. Rain returns to the forecast area tonight as the next cold front pushes eastward across the Great Lakes. Folks in the east will need to watch for freezing rain overnight/Monday morning. Elsewhere, precip will be in the form of rain, ending early Monday morning. Overnight lows will range from the mid 40s in the southern counties, low 40s in the north and low 30s in the EP of WV. 

After a mild start, a dry cold front is timed to sweep through during the afternoon on Monday. We'll see strong winds with gusts to 45 MPH, especially along the ridge tops! This will also keep thermometers in check for Monday night/Tuesday. Next system brings mixed precip and light snow accumulations for Wednesday. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Rain returns to the forecast area Sunday evening into Monday as the next cyclone rolls through. Southwest winds & warmer air will push through the region out ahead of the cold front during the day on Sunday. We'll met off more of this snow as temperatures top out in the upper 50s in the south, low 50s across north central WV and 40s in the east. We'll get in on some breezy winds and a little rain Sunday evening. But I think we'll fall short of seeing any severe weather here. Plus, a bulk of the precip will occur Sunday night/early Monday. Folks in the eastern panhandle will see a fair dose of freezing rain by wake up on Monday. So watch the untreated side roads! Will watch water levels closely fir beginning of next week! Enjoy  the rest of your weekend!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Snow, sleet and freezing rain in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia this morning. Winter weather advisories are in effect there as this low tracks up the Atlantic coast, towards Boston. Meanwhile, This cold front progressing eastward into western WV will bring rain during the day today. Strong gusty winds are also possible today. Winds are expected to gust to 30-35 MPH with highest gusts of 45 MPH on our highest ridge tops. Rain will change to snow tonight as temperatures fall into the teens & 20s. Cold and breezy for Saturday with lingering clouds in the morning. Clearing by Saturday night with much warmer temps on the way for Sunday!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Here's one of the latest model runs showing accumulated snowfall through Sunday morning. We'll pick up a dusting to 2" in the eastern mountains. 2-3 feet of snow will fall across the Northeast this weekend!

After a chilly start we'll see temperatures in the mid/upper 30s...40s in the southern counties. Persistent clouds but dry today. Moisture returns tonight ahead of that big snowstorm with crosshairs set on Boston, MA. We'll luck out with this one, folks. Heaviest snowfall will stay north of the Mason-Dixon Line. It's just some mixed precip for most of us with rain and trace amounts of ice and sleet tonight. Lows will be in the low/mid 30s. Still, could see a few slick spots on Friday morning. We'll see accumulating snow in the mountains. Flurries will linger in those mtns throughout the day on Friday. Mixed precip will change to rain for us lowlanders Friday. Will talk more about snow totals in the mtns later today...Breezy and colder Friday night an  Saturday. Warmer with highs in the low 50s Sunday!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dry but chilly tonight with lows in the upper teens/low 20s. Sun/cloud mix with highs in the upper 30s/low 40s Thursday. Low pressure returns with warmer temps & rain Friday. Weekend looks dry with temps ranging in the upper 20s at night to 50° on Sunday! Stronger front brings mixed precip Monday. Have a good one!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Scattered snow gets hung up in the mountains tonight. Much of the area will begin drying out but another quick dose of snow will graze our northern counties before midnight. Could also see some freezing rain very briefly before precip ends early Wednesday. Lows dip into the upper 20s/low 30s tonight. Slickery roads possible for your AM drive. Lingering moisture could make for JUST enough slush or ice on some of the roads to cause problems Wednesday, especially in the eastern mountains. Sky conditions gradually clear up for Thursday. Warmer air will bring highs in the 40s & 50s by the weekend. But the next frontal system bring rain, snow and sleet Friday.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Tonight's forecast features continued snow this evening followed by gradually clearing skies after midnight. Lows will dip into the low/mid teens. Snow returns as early as lunchtime Monday, carrying into early Tuesday. Temperatures will range in the mid/upper 20s towards the north. But warmer air wedging into the southwestern counties will allow for rain to briefly mix in in the afternoon. Preston & Tucker in WV and Garrett County, MD will be under a winter storm warning from 2 PM Monday until 10 AM Tuesday. 4-8 inches of additional snow accumulation are expected in those counties as a clipper sweeps through. Keep the shovel handy. Another clipper rolls through with snow Tuesday night!

Winter storm warning (pink) near Lewisburg, WV until 7 PM this evening. Winter weather advisory (purple) until 1 AM Monday. Winter storm watch (blue) until 1 AM Monday. An additional 2-5 inches this afternoon & evening will bring snow totals to 4-8" in those areas. Could see some gusts to 50 MPH at times overnight into Monday morning. Stay safe!

Another round of snow with rain mixing into mainly the southwestern counties is in store for late Monday and Monday night. Here's the total snowfall forecast through Tuesday. Closing in on 10 inches along the highest ridge tops. Another 3-5 inches for the lowlands. 

Heavy snow continues on the radar in the mountains & ski areas today. Elsewhere moderate snowfall continues, although not showing up on radar. Ya'll get home from your Superbowl parties safely tonight! Bundle up, cause it's gonna be cold with lows near 10°!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Nooo!! We're turning purple again! You know what that means...crank up the furnace. Throw another log on the fire. THINK about putting pants on! Single digit lows and wind chill numbers below zero are in store tonight. We'll stay dry undermainly clear skies. But increasing cloud cover early Saturday morning nearly guarantees that a certain groundhog will not see a his shadow! Snow showers surge into the area from west to east by mid morning Saturday. Heavy snow will create messy travel across much of the state by lunchtime, continuing into late morning on Sunday! Good weekend to stay home and pre-game for the BIG game!

Winter weather advisory from 10 AM Saturday until 10 Am Sunday for nearly every county in WV, except for the Eastern Panhandle! 3-6 inches of snow across much of the lowlands of WV with an additional couple inches in the mountains. At this point, who's counting?!