Rain Arrives Late Friday Then Local Fire Concerns Heighten

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): Southern low pressure will trigger rain late Friday before a big bounce back in the pattern returns on Sunday.

TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY: Under partly cloudy skies and a developing inversion, temperatures overnight will range from the upper 20s in the Greenbrier Valley to mid-30s along Route 19 and the higher elevations. Friday starts out sunny and breezy but rain returns between 6-8 p.m. Rain transitions to spits of showers by 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Rain amounts around 0.50″ expected.

SUNDAY: Bright sunshine, low humidity and light wind are expected with upper 50s.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY: A breezy southeast wind, low humidity and warm 60s will help bring a moderate risk for brush fires to develop and spread. Rain returns after 7 p.m. and continues into early Thursday.

WILDFIRE UPDATE IN NORTHERN WV AND VA: Two brush fires burned 100-200 acres in southern McDowell county over the last 24-hours. At least 1,100 acres have burned with wildfires burning in northern West Virginia. Governor Justice has declared a State of Emergency in Grant, Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton Counties as a result of these fires. The smoke from these fires could drift into Pocahontas County overnight.

A wildfire near Luray, Va., is producing up to code BLACK air quality between I-81 and I-66 in northern Virginia. The smoke from this fire will likely drift southwest along I-81 tonight and then back to the northwest into the eastern Panhandle of West Virginia on Friday. The smoke from the Luray wildfire is NOT expected to push into our region.

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