A WIND ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR TAZEWELL, MERCER, SUMMERS, MONROE, GREENBRIER, AND POCAHONTAS COUNTIES. THIS WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM 5PM WEDNESDAY UNTIL THURSDAY AFTERNOON. GUSTS OF UP TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE.
DISCUSSION: Low 50s and upper 40s will hang around through the evening before we prepare for a very chilly night. With cooler air quickly filling in behind the front, overnight lows will drop into the upper 30s. Anticipate a cold start on Thursday. Upslope rain showers will be possible for the higher ridges in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties early Thursday.
It is possible that there will be enough cold air to present some flurries mixing in as well, though little to no accumulation is expected. Breezy conditions will be in place for everyone with winds speeds of 25 MPH possible and gusts even strong for those in the higher terrain.
With chilly temperatures and gusty winds we will have to keep an eye on our wind chills. While temperatures generally stay above freezing, it could feel like it’s in the mid 20s when the wind blows heading out the door tomorrow morning. Bundle up for the morning commute!
Thursday looks to be cloudy and breezy to start. Throughout the day, we should start to clear up some of the cloud cover and see more sun, though our highs won’t manage to make it past the low to mid 50s. It will feel much more like a late fall afternoon out there. Another cold night is on tap as lows fall back into the upper 30s.
Towards the tail end of the week and the weekend, our temperatures will be crawling back close to 60 by Friday and perhaps even the low 70s by the weekend. Bridge Day looks to be absolutely fantastic this year, with highs near the 70 degree mark and a good bit of sunshine (If you remember last year, it was much cooler and cloudy with some drizzle).
Our next good shot for rain will arrive with a disturbance towards the beginning of next week. Right now, models are disagreeing a bit on the exact timing of arrival. Some showers may be possible late Sunday, though we definitely look to see rain by Monday at the latest. Tuesday looks to feature more rain as well before we dry things out for the middle of the week.
Much of our area continues to suffer from a severe drought. Unfortunately, with few rain chances over the next week, it doesn’t appear that this will be resolved any time soon. Continue to exercise caution while burning and conserve water where you can. Some minor improvements can be expected from Wednesday’s rainfall and the chances we have to start off next week.
Fall colors are starting to appear across the region. We are still not quite at peak color, but you may notice more spots are starting to see the change. Most of the area will see peak colors by mid or late October. The further north you head, the quicker leaves change. With the dry spell we’ve been dealing with leaves can potentially fall before they even reach their peak colors, so some spots could be lackluster this year.
Cold and breezy. Some mountain flurries possible. Lows in the 30s. Wind chills in the 20s.
Mostly dry. Highs in the 50s.
Dry. A bit warmer. Highs near 60.
More dry time. Highs near 70s.
Some showers possible. Highs in the 70s.
Rain likely. Highs in the 70s.
More showers. Highs in the 60s.
Drying out. Highs in the 50s.
Still quiet. Highs in the 60s.