Strong Storms Arrive on Saturday


A Wind Advisory has been issued for northwestern Pocahontas county. It will remain in effect until 11 PM Saturday night. Gusts 50-60 MPH on the high peaks are not out of the question.

Friday night will bring mostly cloudy skies and most showers should briefly come to an end. Temperatures this evening will be very mild as we don’t drop much and end up in the low 50s. We will begin to see winds pick up, but this is just the start of what is going to end up being a very windy day.

Saturday, rain moves in during the morning and spends the day here. This will be in the form of a squall line and rain will be heavy at times, and along with the wind, visibility will be reduced on the roads so be mindful of travel during the day. Highs in the 60s will be complemented by lows in the 20s as cold air rushes in behind the front. Any lingering moisture could transition to mix or snow showers, but most of the precipitation will have stopped by this point, so it’s unlikely that anyone but the mountains see this. No accumulation is expected.

Severe weather on Saturday is unlikely, but not impossible. A marginal risk for severe weather is in place all around us and it’s close enough where one or two storms could become strong or severe with gusty winds being the primary concern. The tornado threat is just off to our west and ingredients in our area just aren’t as favorable, but we will monitor the line of storms as is begins to move in.

It will be windy outside of any storms as well. Winds could gust up to 40 MPH while the high terrain could see gusts up to 50 MPH. This could cause some downed trees and powerlines which could lead to scattered power outages.

We are dry by Sunday morning and things look nice, but chilly to end the weekend. Highs will return to the low and mid 40s and we will see sunshine return to the region.

Monday brings a quick turnaround from Sunday temperature wise. We go from the 30s back to the 50s for most, as sunny skies and southerly winds become the dominant weather feature of the day. A strong area of high pressure is expected to build to our south and should last through the middle of December.

Tuesday looks to remain nice as high pressure remains in control. We’ll see mostly sunny skies with highs working their way up into the mid 50s. Overnights start to climb out of the freezing territory with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

Wednesday we’re still quiet and enjoying above average temps. All of us will see the 50s in some degree. Upper 50s towards the south, low 50s for the mountains. Sunshine stays with us all day.

Thursday our blocking high pressure system remains in place keeping us dry. Chance is on the way as evident by the presence of some high clouds throughout the day. Highs remain mild in the upper 50s and low 60s.

In the extended forecast, clear and drier weather looks likely as a strong ridge builds in the southeast. We’ll expect temperatures to rise to above-average levels around this time too, which this time of the year only means above the mid-40s!

As a reminder, the Fall Burn Ban is in effect until December 31 for West Virginia. Take the time to remember the rules, and be sure to use common sense this Fall.

Briefly drying. Warm with lows in the upper 40s and low 50s!
Rain all day. Gusty. Highs in the upper 50s and low 60s.
Sunshine returns. Cool with highs in the 40s.
Clearing up, milder Highs in the 50s
Partly cloudy, seasonable. Highs in the 50s.
Sunny. Highs in the 50s.
Warm, and sunny. Highs in the mid and upper 50s.
Some showers move back in. Highs in the 50s.
Rain returns. Highs near 50.
Clouds increase, rain late. Highs in the upper 40s.

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