Tonight features showers exiting the region. It’s a much milder night ahead overall, with lows in the lower 40s.

Thursday, our next rainmaker begins to push in. Warmer air surges ahead of the rain helping temperatures push into the 50s by the early afternoon. A few of us will make a run at 60 degrees! By the early afternoon, a strong cold front will push through and will bring with it the chance for gusty showers, a few of which could be on the stronger side of things, especially in our western counties. Some of the gusty showers could provide brief heavy rainfall, with a quick half inch to an inch of rain possible. By the evening commute, the heaviest rain will slide east but the roadways will certainly be saturated. Rain continues off and on for the evening and overnight hours. As the front gets closer, we’ll also notice winds picking up out of the southwest 15-25 mph. After the front passes during the middle afternoon, we’ll see winds shift out of the west pushing 20-30 mph as cold air rushes in overnight.

Friday pre-dawn rain transitions over to snow for everyone as cold air continues to rush into the region. Temperatures fall into the 30s and don’t rise for the remainder of the day. Snow showers will be heaviest in the morning then taper off to hit and miss for the lowlands. Higher elevations will see snow much of the day with the most accumulations for the ridgelines. We’ll be fine tuning our snow map forecast over the next day or so but a general 1-3 inches can be expected by Friday night with more possible on the highest peaks.

Saturday will see a few lingering snow showers with most of the activity for the ridgelines through Pocahontas and Greenbrier county. Up to another inch of snow for the higher terrain can be expected by Saturday afternoon. Temperatures are cold so icy roads will be a main feature of the day until crews have a chance to treat them. Secondary roads are always last so be mindful. Highs struggle to get out of the 20s with wind chill values making it feel downright frigid in the teens.

Sunday the sunshine returns which will help us warm up from a morning start in the teens up into the 40s by the afternoon with high pressure taking control.

Monday keeps things dry with high pressure in control. It’s a warmer day once again with highs in the lower 50s – enjoy the day because wetter days are ahead once again. Clouds will be on the increase with our next storm system approaching from the west.

Tuesday looks wet once again, with showers likely as another front crosses through the two Virginias. This front won’t be as strong but more chances for rain return.

Wednesday is drier and remaining mild, with high temperatures in the 50s.

In your extended forecast the rollercoaster ride continues as temperatures swing wildly. From the 30s to the 50s and back again looks to remain the theme of January. So far, a soggy look to win out over snowy through the middle of the month and an overall milder pattern once we get beyond this weekend. No signs of any big return from Old Man Winter other than the light snow this Friday.

Showers exit, milder. Lows around 40.
Showers build in. Gusty showers PM. Highs in the middle to upper 50s.
Snow showers, squalls at times. Highs in the middle 30s.
Morning snow showers, clearing late. Highs in the upper 20s.
Little more sun, little more warmth. Highs in the middle 40s.
Mostly sunny skies. Highs near 50.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Highs in the middle 50s.
Mostly cloudy but dry. Highs in the 50s.
Showers possible. Highs in the 50s.
Few showers possible. Highs in the 50s.
More lingering showers. Highs in the 50s.