Clouds Hang Tough for Saturday, a Break Through Sunday?

Good Saturday morning everyone! A lot of meteorologists are starting to move down toward our highs posted for Saturday that was shown on here yesterday due to the abundant cloud cover across the region. Despite winds beginning to try to shift, we’ll likely see high temperatures only in the middle 30s for the entire region, with some areas in the higher elevations likely not even making it to the freezing point. In fact, as shown below, we’ve got some very light snow showers making their way across the region. These are simply nuisance showers, and shouldn’t cause much of a problem on the roadways. In addition, they’re moving out quickly.

Though it may be a little hard to see, a lot of thick, low level cloud cover will dominate the afternoon here. A couple of peaks of sun are possible, especially west, but most of us will stay cloudy for the duration of the day.

Though it may be a little hard to see, a lot of thick, low level cloud cover will dominate the afternoon here. A couple of peaks of sun are possible, especially west, but most of us will stay cloudy for the duration of the day.

For our Sunday, clouds will hang tough during the morning hours, but by the afternoon, I think many of us will get in on some sunshine. In addition to sunshine, winds from the southwest will warm the region to the middle 40s, so though there will be a little chill in the air, Sunday looks quite nice!

Lurking a couple of days ahead of Sunday is a system that is looking quite interesting. Though I don’t think snow will be a big issue, rumbles of thunder, gusty winds, and temperatures near 60 look to arrive before Christmas, which will be talked about in the next post!

Have a great Saturday folks!

Slow Warming Through the Weekend

Good Friday afternoon everyone! It’s a BRUTAL one out there if you’re not a fan of the cold! Temperatures are staying right around freezing, and with winds occasionally gusting to over ten miles per hour, wind chills are dropping back deep into the 20s! As we head into the weekend though, we’ll see a gradual warming throughout the area! Let’s see why below:

Winds that have been blowing from the northwest Friday will switch directions for Saturday. However, Saturday will be much like Friday in that we’ll see plenty of clouds due to a system that will move just to our south. I think some of our friends south of Charleston into places like Fayetteville could see a flake or two during the morning hours, but no accumulation will be expected. So, despite the shift of winds from the northwest to the south, I think temperatures will only jump a few degrees contrary to what the weather models are saying. The models have been putting us in the lower 40s for Saturday, but I think we’ll come just a few degrees shy simply due to the abundant cloud cover.

Things will warm up more for our Sunday, as partly cloudy skies dominate the area. Other than a slight chill, it won’t be a bad day at all, as temperatures will jump into the 40s area-wide with a southwest wind blowing in warmer temperatures from the south.

An active pattern will take over for Monday into next week, just in time for Christmas. The next post will talk about our ‘white snow’ chances for this Christmas! That’s coming up tonight, so stay tuned, and have a great end to the work week!

Winter Weather for the Weekend is a BUST

There will be NO winter storm for the weekend, though the higher elevations could get in on some snow. Let’s check out WHY this is the case, shown below:

First off, this storm system is moving a lot slower than anticipated. Originally, it appeared that this storm would make an impact during the Saturday morning time-frame, which is when temperatures are at their lowest. Instead, this storm system will make its way into the afternoon during the late afternoon into the evening hours.

Secondly, the low pressure center of this storm system will be WELL south of where it was anticipated to be a couple of days ago – so far south that we will likely feel little impact from the storm system itself!

Thirdly, this storm system is much WEAKER than anticipated, and it will not feed in moisture from the Gulf as it moves across the fringes of our area.

So let’s take a look at what we can expect:

That’s right. This storm system is so weak and will move so far south of us that many of us won’t even have an impact from it! Saturday looks dry for EVERYONE in our viewing area, so other than a cold day on tap, it won’t be a bad day!

An update for the weekend weather is coming up in the next post! Take care!

Winter Weather Weekend Update

Good Tuesday morning! I told ya to not get too excited about the European weather model in the last winter post, right? Well, I hate to break the news to the snow fan, but this supposed ‘snowstorm’ is looking less and less likely by the hour. Let’s have a look:

The latest European model run shows a general 1-3" of accumulated snow for the lowlands, with 3-6" generally for the highlands. Though I think the mountain areas will get in on some accumulating snow, the likelihood of the lowlands seeing snow stick is losing hope in my mind.

The latest European model run shows a general 1-3″ of accumulated snow for the lowlands, with 3-6″ generally for the highlands. Though I think the mountain areas will get in on some accumulating snow, the likelihood of the lowlands seeing snow stick is losing hope in my mind.

The latest European model run shows a general 1-3″ of accumulated snow for the lowlands, with 3-6″ generally for the highlands. Though I think the mountain areas will get in on some accumulating snow, the likelihood of the lowlands seeing snow stick is losing hope in my mind.

The Weather Prediction’s gridded model shown above shows what I think will be a good track for this system. In general, the center of the storm will move to the south of our area. With a southerly track, we’ll see the colder side of the system, meaning that much of our precipitation will be snow. However, the strength of this low pressure system is getting weaker with every model update that comes up. Our area is notorious for a warm ‘bubble’ of air to ride up the Coalfields into the US33 and Kanawha River areas, just as Saturday afternoon is showing above. That is why I think much of the lowlands is going to miss out on accumulating snows at THIS POINT. But the mountains will likely get on some good snow totals during the course of the weekend.

More updates will come out as the weather models update. After a couple of updated posts, I’ll post my snowfall accumulation forecast for the area on Thursday.

Have a great middle of the work week!