Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect through 1 am Saturday for Pocahontas, Nicholas, Raleigh, Fayette, Wyoming, and McDowell counties; through 7 am Saturday for Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, Giles, Bland, and Tazewell counties
Wind Chill Advisories go into effect for Pocahontas from 4 AM Saturday to 9 AM Sunday; for Western Greenbrier from 4 AM Saturday to 7 AM Sunday; for Fayette and Nicholas from 4 AM to 9 AM Saturday; for eastern Greenbrier, Monore, Summers, Mercer, Tazewell, Giles and Bland counties
Tonight, snow showers will remain and be able to stick a bit easier. Bitter air moves in as temperatures drop into the single digits. Winds pick up as well. We could see gusts up to 25 MPH throughout the night, making it feel MUCH colder than it is. Wind chill values will likely be well below zero for most of the area to kick off Saturday morning.
Snow totals are look light with most seeing 1-3 inches. We could have a few spots that overachieve in the high terrain and see up to 4 inches mainly across the high terrain but a few surprise spots could appear down the ridgeline. Overall the snow impact should be limited to some slick spots during the evening commute and beyond.
Saturday, lingering upslope snows will continue through the early morning for areas west of the mountains adding some minor additional accumulations to the region. East of the mountains gusty winds will remain causing issues with occasional blowing snow, as gusts to 25mph are possible. Highs will be in the teens and 20s by the afternoon keeping wind chill a big factor. By Saturday morning, many will be dealing with wind chills well below zero. Overnight lows will once again crash back into the single digits, with a few below 0 readings not out of the question in the valleys and high elevations.
Sunday, after another very cold start, typical of this January, into the single digits we will swing back up to the low 30s for highs during the afternoon. Partially due to some sunshine, and partially due to a weak wind more or less out of the south.
Monday, we’ll see some clouds mixed in with an occasional snow/rain shower as a weak disturbance passes overhead. Highs will continue to climb back to the upper 30s with a few of us seeing the return of the 40s. We’ll at least be able to end January on a mild and seasonable note to cap off what has been a month of temperature swings.
Tuesday we continue to see quiet conditions with sunny skies through that day. More will reach for the 40s with the possibility of a 50-degree reading or two popping their head in by the afternoon as the combination of more sun, and winds out of the south put in some work.
Wednesday is fairly similar to Tuesday. We remain very mild and above average across the region into the 40s and 50s. Sunny skies will remain for most of the day before clouds build back in through the overnight hours ahead of our next approaching system.
Thursday widespread rain along a trailing cold front pushes its way into the region. We’ll be very warm ahead of this with almost the entire area looking to hit 50 or higher before the front passes crashing temperatures behind it. During the day some pooling and ponding are likely as rain will be heavy at times!
In the extended forecast, we quickly lose the warmth we had to kick off February as temperatures crash behind our exiting cold front. Highs in the 30s and the potential for the return of single digits for lows is on the table through this period.
Widespread snow showers. Slick travel and gusty winds. Bitter cold with wind chills below zero and temperatures in the single digits.
AM snow, clearing late. Highs in the teens with wind chills in the single digits and below zero.
Warmer. Highs in the mid-30s.
Mostly Cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s and low 40s.
Clearing. Highs in the 40s.
Mostly sunny, warmer. Highs in the 40s.
Clouds and rain. Highs in the 50s.
Temperatures crash. Highs in the 30s.
Cold, drier. Highs in the 20s.
Still cold highs in the 20s.