Record Warmth Followed By Powerful Midweek Front

WOAY-TV (Oak Hill, WV): Two more days of warm weather with record highs on Wednesday will be followed by a powerful Wednesday afternoon front.

Chief Meteorologist Chad Merrill has the latest:

THROUGH TUESDAY: Early Tuesday temperatures will range from the upper 30s in the Greenbrier Valley to mid 40s along the Route 19 corridor. Expect to be hit by one or two showers Tuesday afternoon with temperatures in the 60s. The record highs of 70-72 degrees in Bluefield, Beckley and Lewisburg will be safe.


SUNRISE THROUGH 2 PM: Sun filtered through high clouds and breezy with gusts 20-30 mph. Temperatures will reach 70-72 degrees across the region. The following record highs will be shattered: 66 degrees in Beckley and 67 degrees in Bluefield.

2-7 PM: A strong cold front will bring heavy rain with embedded thunder and wind gusts 40-45 mph across the region. Expect at least scattered power outages and a few downed limbs and powerlines. The dynamic nature of the front could trigger the weather service to issue Severe Thunderstorm Warnings despite the limited lightning. There will be standing water on roads.

Rain will change to snow for about 30 minutes before ending. Icy spots likely only above 3,000 feet where a coating of snow is expected. Above 4,000 feet expect 1-2 inches of snow.

ARTHRITIS SUFFERERS: The front will trigger a significant pressure rise that will add to the aches and pains Wednesday afternoon.

7 PM to MIDNIGHT: Gusts taper off to 15 mph, snow ends and partial clearing expected. Temperatures drop to around 29 degrees in the river valleys to upper teens above 4,000 feet. Icy patches expected on roads above 3,000 feet.

THURSDAY: Bright sunshine and light wind.

FRIDAY THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK: Strong signal for above average temperatures with more rain late Friday and late Monday.

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