Another chilly night in the mountains. The NWS has once again issued a Freeze Warning for Pocahontas county. Frost Advisory for most of West Virginia. Virginia will be chilly but not enough to warrent an Advisory.
A benign pattern is expected to be the order of the next few days as high pressure sets up camp. The region will still be well below the normal middle to upper 70s earmarked for this time of year, but there is a warming trend expected. There could be a few stray showers dripping some moisture over the mountains Friday but for the most part the viewing area will stay dry.
Friday will see a mix of clouds and sunshine with the sunshine winning the day. The solar energy from the sun will help to get us into the upper 60s to low 70s even with the variably cloudy skies. This temperature trend the last day or so is about 8 – 10 degrees below normal, but a warm up is on the way. Don’t expect to see the mercury in the thermometer above normal until the middle of next week, but highs in the 70s will be the persistent profile.
Saturday will be a pleasant and dry day and if at all possible, we should try and get outside. The highs will be in the low to middle 70s and there will be a lot of sunshine. High pressure that has been sliding the cooler air from the north into the Commonwealth will shift overhead and that will allow for very little wind and a bit warmer scenario.
Sunday is the day of transition, which means that I am expecting some clouds to lower and thicken all day ahead of what may be a rainy Monday. Some models are hinting at rain making it here before sunset Sunday but others hold it off until Monday. With the dry air in place my thoughts bring me to more of an overnight advent of the rain Sunday night into Monday.
Monday will be rainy but not stormy and the rain should start to taper off before it takes over Tuesday. Tuesday may see a few showers, but I feel that Tuesday should see a mix of clouds and sun with rain reserved for the pre-dawn time frame.
Warmer weather arrives Wednesday and we may get back into the 80s by Thursday.