Front brings showers, wind late Wednesday
Thanksgiving offers improving conditions
We’ll continue to notice clouds moving into the region through the evening as our front gets closer. This should keep overnight temperatures from being quite as cold as previous nights.
Our next cold front and accompanying rain chance will arrive late Wednesday evening, starting in the west and spreading east overnight. Winds will also increase with the passing front, but should remain in the 25-30mph range. There’s not a lot of rain with this system, so totals would generally be in the .10″ to .25″ range through early Thursday morning.
Highs Wednesday remain seasonable, reaching the upper 50s.
THURSDAY (THANKSGIVING DAY)
Any showers on Thanksgiving Day exit quickly after sunrise with skies turning partly sunny behind the front with temperatures holding steady in the mid 60s along with 50s in the mountains. Winds remain breezy at times, but nothing that should cause concern...unless you’re a holiday inflatable, which you may want to leave down Thursday.
Skies turn variably cloudy Friday but the day remains dry and warm as highs climb to the mid 60s. It should be an ideal day to hang lights or pick out that perfect tree as rain chances remain very low.
The weekend starts with partly cloudy skies and a slight shower chance as a front moves through Saturday. We remain warm with highs returning to the 60s.
There is some model uncertainty regarding the second half of the weekend. Scattered showers are possible Sunday, but overall, look for clouds and cooler temperatures with highs only in the low 50s.
MUCH COLDER AIR COMING NEXT WEEK
An interesting, winter-like setup arrives next week as models depict a cutoff low pressure system moving over the area. This will bring a bubble of very cold air with highs only in the low 40s, and that’s being optimistic, as most areas may not get out of the 30s next Tuesday.
The cold blast lasts for several days and modifies some over the stretch.
There’s even the potential for some snow to fall in the higher elevations of VA/WV next week with the combination of cold air and leftover moisture. This is something to monitor for now and certainly wouldn’t be unusual for this time of year.