Off and on rain showers for the first half of the week
After a wonderfully dry and mild weekend the work week will be defined by a gray and rainy pattern, at least the first half. Nothing major is in store for the Commonwealth and West Virginia other than off and on rain. There is a good chance for rain to make it to the ground by the end of the day and will last overnight. The morning commute will be wet Tuesday but the region should dry out by the late morning or early afternoon. There will be a gap of about 32 hours between rain showers as another round of wet weather arrives late Wednesday into Thursday.
Look for a little bit of sunshine to poke through the clouds on Tuesday but don’t expect it to be a day we would refer to as sunny. The rain ends early as I said above, but the clouds may linger on. The next shot of rain arrives late Wednesday. Another round of rain that will be more soaking than saturated. The rain that moves through on Wednesday will be out ahead of a cold front that will dramatically change our temperature profile. Highs Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the 60s while the lows dangle in the 40s. Conversely the highs on Thursday will be in the 40s with the lows in the 20s and 30s. Actually, the cold air arrives after the rain Wednesday evening so there may be some mountain snow Wednesday night into Thursday with the snow machine staying on into the day Thursday on west facing slopes.
The sunshine returns on Thursday, expect in the snow belt area of the Alleghanies, with chilly and more winter-like conditions to set up. The winds will be a bit brisk as well on Thursday, so the cold feel to the region will be very noticeable. The dry and chilly pattern will linger into the first weekend in March. The “in like a lion and out like a lamb” expression for March will be sort of true as the winds will be roaring and the pattern will be cold. Of course, we still have 31 days to wait and see if the month ends “like a lamb” this year.
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