Weekend Storm Promises Soaking Rain, Wind and Transition to Winter

Oak Hill, WV (WOAY-TV): Following a mild end to the week, a storm system will bring the most rain we’ve seen in months.

TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY: Temperatures will be warmer on the ridgetops than valleys tonight thanks to a developing inversion (cool air trapped at the low elevations). Look for low 30s near the New River and other valleys while the elevations in excess of 2,000 feet drop into the upper 30s.

Friday will be the warmest day of the week with low 60s. The humidity will drop to 20% during the afternoon, so you will find yourself reaching for the moisturizer! A warm front will trigger a few showers Saturday morning while a breezy southwest wind in the afternoon warms temperatures into the upper 50s.

SUNDAY INTO MONDAY: A soaking rain with 1.0-1.25 inches is expected, with just under an inch for the Greenbrier Valley.

Below is a table showing the last time our region saw more than 1 inch of rain.

Beckley: September 17

Bluefield: August 27

Summersville: July 18

Rain will change to snow Sunday evening, with large snowflakes expected. A grand total of a coating (just enough to whiten the grass) is expected above 2,000 feet, with 2-3″ for western Pocahontas County. Temperatures will drop from the 50s into the 30s with gusts to 30-35 mph. Sporadic power outages are possible. Monday will be brisk and colder with a few flurries in the morning (school delays are not expected).

NEXT WEEK: Temperatures will warm above average by Wednesday and the trend will continue into Thursday with dry weather expected.

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