Coldest Weather Of Fall On The Way
Stubborn clouds are slowly breaking this afternoon from west to east and as the sun peeks out temperatures will spike into the lower to middle 50s for the lowlands. Our normal high today is about 60...so we're still cooler than average but compared to recent days it will turn pretty pleasant. Areas east of Charleston may remain in the 40s as clouds take longer to clear there.
Our "warmup" will be short-lived. A cold front currently in the Great Lakes will dive south tonight, spreading some clouds in here toward midnight. A few snow flurries will likely form in far eastern West Virgina overnight with a possible rooftop dusting. Winds will turn into the north and turn gusty and temperatures will plunge areawide, falling into the 20s in most locations by sunrise on Friday.
While dry air will settle overhead and spell the most sun-filled day we've had this week on Friday our temperatures will struggle...and it will feel like the end of December rather than the second week of November. In spite of that sun I think most locations will fail to even reach 40...topping out around 38 or 39 degrees. That's more than 20 degrees below normal for this time of year! Even in the afternoon you'll want to have the heavy Winter coat on even with the sun out.
It's no surprise that we're in for a cold Friday night. As the sun sets temperatures will quickly fall to freezing...and we'll be right near that mark as the first round of High School Football playoff games commence. By the 4th quarter many of us will be in the upper 20s...the kind of chill you'd expect for Championship weekend up in Wheeling Island stadium.
By dawn Saturday many of us will wake to frost and temperatures near 20 degrees. Some sheltered outlying areas will likely be in the teens. That means a frigid start to the For Our Families 5k Walk/Run at 9:00 A.M. in Charleston. Temperatures at 9 are likely around 28 degrees. By 10 A.M. when the Charleston and Huntington Veterans Day parades begin it will be in the mid 30s. The good news for Saturday is that it's dry and sunny...and temperatures will moderate by afternoon. We'll warm into the 40s to around 50 as the Wagging Tails Chili Cookoff is underway in Nitro.
Sunday will dawn chilly in the 30s but not nearly as cold as Saturday...and a southwest breeze ahead of an approaching cold front will help bump temperatures up close to 60 degrees in the afternoon. Clouds thicken by day's end and some rain showers will return by evening...although most of the daylight hours appear dry.