Although the region will be on the mild side for the rest of the short work week, there are going to be some noticeable changes. Rain arrives tonight from the west as the clouds build into the evening and overnight hours. The rain should move in before sunrise and exit before noon, but that is not the big issue for the region. The busiest travel day of the year will be one of the windiest days in a while. Winds behind the rain tomorrow will be in the 30 – 45 mph gust range and be problematic for the big rigs and box trucks on the interstates. The winds should start howling in the afternoon and linger into Thanksgiving morning. Look for the sun to come out Wednesday afternoon, but the winds will be the noticeable event.
Bring in or deflate and tie down the giant turkey you have on the lawn, it may take flight all by itself Wednesday evening. Wind Advisories and High Wind warnings are in place for portions of the viewing area and will be updated frequently. Check our right column on this page to see the latest and most up to day information relating to the winds.
Here is a look at the National picture if you are planning a journey or expecting someone from out of town.
Thanksgiving looks to be on the quiet side, with temps in the low 50s and a mixture of clouds and sun. The front that will provide us with the rain tonight and early Wednesday will also usher in some cooler air Thanksgiving. Still, the region will not be looking at bitter cold air, just below normal by a couple degrees.
Friday looks to be quiet too, with highs a bit warmer and partly cloudy skies. The next chance for rain will be over the weekend when another front pushes through the Commonwealth. Saturday there will once again be rain, but not a lot, and wind. This event may bring some freezing rain to our counties north of 64 so traveling home from Grandmother’s house on Saturday may be a bit tricky in the mountains. Sunday brings the wind back once the precipitation ends and we may be looking at gusts near 35 or more from time to time. The Appalachian Highlands will have a chance for a couple inches of snow Sunday night as well. Not much accumulation is anticipated at this point, but I will keep an eye on it for you. Monday and Tuesday should be dry as a chilly pattern sets in for a spell.
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