TGIF everyone! It is a rainy and rather chilly Friday evening for us and for any evening plans. Dress warmly and bring the rain gear with you, scattered showers will last into the early morning hours. Our temperatures remain above freezing until after midnight, when rain will switch over to snow.
Snow showers amount to a dusting, maybe an inch at best because the bulk of the moisture is out of here by the time the cold air comes in. Saturday our temperatures will be falling still as we go throughout our day, so our highs (only in the 30s) will occur early in the morning. 20s are more likely by the afternoon and evening.
Sunday cold air is in place, temperatures in the middle 20s. But, go up into the atmosphere a few thousand feet and there is much warmer air. Much like how your upstairs is warmer than your downstairs in your home. Rain will be falling, and as it does so it'll falling into the that air that is in the 20s to around 30 degrees. This will cause it to freeze on contact. The air stays cool through Sunday, even into the even hours causing quite the freezing rain event for many of us.
Ice accumulations will range from a few hundreths of an inch in our western counties, to about 1/10" - 1/4" around the Beckley area, and 1/4"++ for our eastern counties. Some valley areas in Greenbrier and Monroe counties could see 1/2" or more. Power outages and tree damage are a possibility. Slick roads are almost a sure bet, so plan to remain home on Sunday.
Sunday night into Monday our "low" temperatures will be as soon as the sun goes down because we warm through the entire night. Finally switching everything over to another soggy day by Monday morning. Meaning school cancellations should be at a minimum by Monday.
Tuesday the cold air finally overtakes our area and stays with us through the rest of our 7 day forecast, with highs on Wednesday in the 30s at best. Wednesday will provide us a treat however, SUNSHINE!
-Chief Meteorologist Brad Sugden
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