First Frost And/Or Freeze For Some Tonight...
After a Summer-like weekend with high temperatures reaching the 80s some big changes arrived last night with a cold front. Gusty winds, initially from the southwest, turned into the north and temperatures tumbled to around 50 at dawn this morning. As of Noon today we're not much warmer, with that north flow bringing some moisture off of Lake Erie and helping to produce some low stratus clouds across much of West Virginia. It will be a struggle just to get above 60 for many this afternoon and those still-gusty winds will make it feel even cooler.
As high pressure noses in from the west tonight the clouds will break up and winds will start to die down. That will allow temperatures to drop to their lowest levels since last Spring, bottoming out in the mid-30s in many lowland locations and around 30 in the mountains. The last time we fell below 40 degrees in Huntington and Charleston was back on May 8.
Frost is likely to form in areas away from rivers tonight. The river waters themselves are pretty mild, especially considering October has been averaging almost 10 degrees above average so far. The warmer waters will likely protect urban areas like downtown Charleston and Huntington from seeing much of a frost, but if you get away from rivers, especially in sheltered hollow locations, you'll have some form tonight. That means any sensitive plants/vegetation will get killed off so make sure to cover it up or bring it inside.
We'll likely see another round of frost Tuesday night into Wednesday morning...then temperatures will gradually start to warm up the rest of the week as highs return to the 70s and lows are in the 40s. By Bridge Day Saturday we're looking for dry weather, sunshine and not too much of a southerly breeze. Temperatures will reach around 80 in Charleston and Huntington but should be in the mid 40s at sunrise in the New River Gorge and get to the mid 70s in the afternoon. Pretty much perfect weather for Bridge Day!