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A Wintry Mix Tonight, Especially North...Then A Milder Super-Bowl Sunday...

 

Good Saturday, everyone! We got off to a frigid start today, as many locations started in the teens...brrr! However...the reason we started cold is because of clear skies last night, which was a result of a nearby high-pressure; that same high-pressure gave us plenty of sunshine and slightly milder temperatures today, though, so sort of a trade-off. As for tonight...it looks like that high-pressure will move off towards our east, so a return, southerly flow will TRY to push warmer air this way. That will allow for some wintry precipitation, though, later tonight. Will this last into Sunday morning? How does Super Bowl Sunday and the evening look? Is there frigid air heading our way again? Here is your complete and detailed, seven-day forecast...

 

TONIGHT: Increasing clouds and chilly. A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain after Midnight, especially along and just north of I-64 closer to the Ohio River. Low: 29.

**With a warm-front moving up from the southwest tonight...warm, moist air looks to 'over-run' the cold air hugging the surface and the ground. This set-up is usually favorable for wet snow, sleet and/or freezing rain. Sometimes...these warm-fronts can overachieve and produce heavier and more widespread precipitation; if this happens...then roads may turn very slick between about 3 and 9 AM. If you're traveling late tonight/tomorrow morning and you run into any precipitation...just slow down and take it easy, as icy spots may develop. Not even going to rule out a half inch to 1 inch of snow...especially up near Route 33 around Ripley and Spencer. As my professors used to say in college...'Never trust a warm-front!', as they can bring more precipitation than the models indicate occasionally. 

 

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: After an early, wintry mix...especially across northern counties, mostly cloudy, milder and breezy by the afternoon. Steady rain moving in from the west by evening-time. High: 54.

**The morning may start slick on area roads...so use caution if you're heading off to Church. This especially looks true from Charleston and north...where a band of sleet, freezing rain and snow sets up early on. However...this warm-front will quickly lift towards the north during the late-morning and afternoon, as a strengthening low-pressure moves into Indiana. In fact...with the low-pressure in that location, the wind will begin to turn out of the southeast over us; this downsloping flow not only warms our air, but it also dries our air out. As a result...expecting a fairly quiet and mild afternoon, as a few peeks of sunshine and a southeasterly breeze pushes temperatures to March-like levels! By the late-afternoon and evening...increasing moisture in the lower atmosphere, along with some upper-air disturbances, will allow for widespread rain showers to increase in a west to east fashion. Given the steadier rain...watch for wet roads and ponding of water if you're heading out for Super Bowl parties. At least you don't have to worry about icy roads, though!

 

SUNDAY NIGHT: Cloudy and mild with widespread rain showers. Windy at times with even a rumble of thunder or two possible. Rain changing to Wet Snow by dawn near the Ohio River. Low: 39.

**The Low-pressure will track overhead or just towards our north...so expecting a slug of steady rain and perhaps even a rumble of thunder given a touch of unstable air out ahead of the front! Most of the night will be around 50 degrees or more also. As the front nears by 3-6 AM...winds will turn gusty, too, and last through the Monday morning commute. Behind the front...expecting a rapid fall in temperatures from west to east by dawn Monday. In fact...rain should change to wet snow on gusty winds across southeastern Ohio and eastern Kentucky by 6-8 AM. 

 

GROUNDHOG DAY MONDAY: Mostly cloudy, windy and turning much colder with scattered snow showers and snow squalls. An inch or less of snow accumulation. High: 39 early...but falling into the mid 20s by the afternoon.

**After an early high temperature of about 40 degrees around 7-9 AM...temperatures will PLUNGE on strong, gusty winds thereafter, quickly changing the rain to wind-driven snow showers. In fact...a little concerned that a *Flash Freeze* type situation could occur--thats when ice quickly forms on wet roads due to a rapid fall in temperatures. This is something to consider Monday morning...especially with the rain changing over to snow, too. Although the 'storm-related' snows will be pretty much gone by the afternoon...a moist, northwesterly, wind-flow will keep snow showers and squalls around. With strong, gusty winds and temperatures only in the low to mid 20s by the afternoon...WIND-CHILLS will only be in the 5-10 degree range, so bundle up! With plenty of clouds...our very own Groundhog, French-Creek Freddie, may NOT see his shadow! Could it be an early Spring!? ;)

 

TUESDAY: After an early flurry or two, especially in the mountains, partly cloudy with a chilly breeze during the afternoon. High: 36.

 

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, brisk and a bit milder with an isolated rain and/or snow shower, especially late in the day. High: 43.

 

THURSDAY: After some morning flurries, partly cloudy and cold. High: 30.

 

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and not as cold. High: 38.

 

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and milder with a spotty shower or two possible. High: 44.

 

Have a great night and take care!

WCHS Meteorologist, Brandon Stover

 

 


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