Pinpoint Weather: Mild and breezy with rain expected by Wednesday
The dry and mild pattern will continue today as the winds moving into the region at a brisk pace. The breezy to windy pattern will be more noticeable in the Mountain Empire as there may be some gusts near 50 mph along the ridges from time to time. The rest of the viewing area will be breezy and mild.
Tuesday looks to bring more of the same as there will be a weak area of high pressure overhead into Wednesday. The temperatures will be on the mild side again, topping out near 70 as the winds relax a bit. Cloud cover is expected to increase as the day moves along in anticipation of the rain slated for Wednesday.
Wednesday looks to be the day when we water the lawns. There is going to be some scattered showers off and on during the day and into the night. Not expecting much rain, but there will be periods of rain all day so it may not be a great day to go outside without any rain gear. In other words, keep an eye to the sky and the umbrella handy. We may be able to hear the rumble of thunder in our southern counties, but for the most part this rain should be showery in nature.
Thursday will be brisk and cooler. The rain will be followed by a cold front and the flow of air will be coming from the north/northwest. The temps will be topping out in the middle 60s east of the foothills and the middle 50s in the higher elevations. Some models have a flake or two flying in Pocahontas county before dawn Friday, but I wouldn’t put much stock in any accumulation. Overall, cooler and a bit drier air will be the best way to define the day.
Winds pick up a bit more on Friday as the temps continue to be about 5 – 7 degrees cooler than normal. Clouds will cover about half the sky and the rain chances and wintry precip will be confined to the Mountains of West Virginia. Again, not all models agree with the wintry type of precip so we will take that with a grain of salt.
Cool and dry on Saturday then some rain is slated to return on Sunday and linger into Monday.
FYI, the growing season has officially been declared in the eastern portion of our viewing area by the National Weather Service. This means that the region has warmed enough to awaken the dormant plants and trees. The growing season is now at a point that it will be a problem if the region gets cold again, so the NWS can now issue Frost and Freeze products alerting you that you may need to protect tender vegetation.