Plenty more sunshine expected on this comfortable Thursday

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DISCUSSION: Plenty of sunshine will be back today as high pressure sits over the region. This will warm us up once again after starting things off chilly. Additionally, highs today will run about 10 degrees warmer than they did on Wednesday. With temperatures in the mid to upper 60s this afternoon and blue skies, it should be an absolutely fantastic day to get outside and enjoy the fall foliage.

Great day for a hike.

Another strong disturbance looks to arrive by the weekend and bring us more showers. Models are starting to agree better on the timing of the rain. With high pressure exiting the area late Friday, the most of the day should be dry with temperatures in the 60s. Though, unsettled conditions could come later on.

For now expect just a few showers late Friday night and a better chance for rain on Saturday. Temperatures on Saturday will be cooler in the upper 50s and low 60s. With the clouds and rain around you will want warm costumes for Tailgate Halloween in Uptown Beckley. Be sure to stop by the 59 News tent and say “hi” to Heidi, Brandon and Riley!

We will continue with showers for the first part of our Sunday. We gradually dry out as we head into the late afternoon and early evening. Temperatures will remain in the mid 60s.

Rain chances are higher this weekend.

At the moment, the beginning of next week look relatively quiet as far as precipitation goes. Some models are hinting at a quick shot of colder air arriving by the middle of the week. This could potentially bring our overnight temperatures low enough to bring a hard freeze to the area and end the growing season in most of our counties. However, there is still time for change in the forecast, as this would be almost a week away.

Wetter conditions through this month have helped our drought conditions greatly. The new drought monitor was released this morning and none of our southern West Virginia counties are under a severe drought. However, we are still under a moderate drought (D1) across the majority of the area. More rainfall through this weekend and over the next month should help to eradicate this drought completely.

Latest Drought Monitor.

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 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.

Temperature Outlook for Winter 2019-2020
Precip outlook for Winter 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Winter Outlook has been released. Southern WV is expected to have a winter with above average temperatures and above average precipitation. This doesn’t mean we won’t see snow or any bitterly cold snaps. While temperatures are expected to be generally above average, we could still have days where temperatures are well below average. This outlook can’t predict big snow storms, or even how much snow we see. With above average precipitation in the forecast it could mean we see more rain AND snow. It just depends on the individual systems and their timing. Only time will tell!

10 Day Forecast.

TODAY:
Chilly to start, but sunny and comfortable afternoon with highs in the 60s.
TONIGHT:
Still quiet. Lows near 40.
FRIDAY:
More clouds, but still dry. Highs in the 60s.
SATURDAY:
Rain likely. Highs in the 50s and low 60s.
SUNDAY:
More showers possible. Highs in the 60s.
MONDAY:
Looking dry aside from an isolated shower. Highs near average in the low and mid 60s.
TUESDAY:
Looking dry aside from an isolated shower. Seasonable temperatures in the 60s.
WEDNESDAY:
Looking dry. Highs in the 50s.
THURSDAY:
Dry and cool with highs in the 50s.

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