Steady rains return, warm weather to continue

Alerts Issued for Our Region

  • FLOOD WATCH begins tonight at 7 p.m. and lasts through Friday morning for Greenbrier, Nicholas and Pocahontas counties. Steady rain in combination with saturated soils from rapid snowmelt could create high water issues. Remember to always turn around, don’t drown!

Tonight features an increase in both the coverage and intensity of showers, with temperatures remaining very mild as we dip back to only around 50 degrees.

Thursday will be a wet day with a big slug of moisture ahead of a cold front that will pass through early Friday. For those seeking warm conditions, it’s another warm day ahead, with highs around 60 degrees – a very warm day despite the clouds and rain.

It also will be a bit breezy, with wind gusts as high as 25 mph possible. In total, between Wednesday morning and Friday morning, one to two inches of rain is expected. Widespread flooding is not expected, but with the snowmelt, a few issues are possible.

Friday breaks the wet pattern briefly after showers in the morning. We’ll see drying taking place during the afternoon with high pressure briefly in control. Highs will be in the mid 50s.

How Much? Liquid Equivalent Snow Ratio gives insight to flood potential this week

Saturday is shaping up to be a wet day and so is the weekend as a whole, in general. An area of low pressure will work its way up from the lower Mississippi River Valley late Friday and head into the region during the afternoon. After a few isolated showers Saturday morning, rain will once again become steady as we head into the afternoon, which will persist into Sunday. An additional half inch to one inch of rain is a good bet from this system between Saturday and Sunday as our soggy pattern continues.

Sunday moves that aforementioned area of low pressure up through the region, which will continue our rain chances. On the back side of our low pressure system, colder air will wrap in and that will allow some mixing to take place after dark. Steady showers during the day will keep roadways wet, with highs in the mid 40s.

Monday will be colder with highs in the low 30s with morning snow showers. At this point, accumulations in the lowlands will be minimal with a couple of inches of snow in the high country of Pocahontas County. By the late morning into the early afternoon, sunshine will return with high pressure returning.

Tuesday puts high pressure in control of our weather and that means sunshine and a slow warming trend once again. After a cold start near 20 degrees, we’ll see highs return to the upper 30s.

StormTracker 59’s 2023-24 Winter Season Outlook for the two-Virginias

Wednesday will see temperatures climb to around 40 degrees with partly sunny skies. However, another weak system is moving into the region for Thursday – a clipper system.

Looking ahead, although a brief blip in the warm pattern arrives for next week, the overall pattern wrapping up the end of January and the first half of February looks warm – this will make systems that roll through less in the way of wintry and more wet in nature. Much of next week will be dry with high pressure acting as a buffer and keeping storm systems away from our region – good news with our soggy pattern continuing through the end of this weekend. Help us with our growing community of weather photos with #weathertogether. Head to our website and search for the ‘Weather together’ tab and upload your photos of weather going on around our region.

Showers likely, especially after midnight. Lows near 50.
Rain likely, which will be steady at times. Marginal risk for high water issues. Breezy. Highs in the low 60s.
Morning showers, afternoon clearing. Highs in the upper 50s.
Rain showers return, steady at times in the afternoon. Highs near 50.
Rain showers likely – rain switches to snow showers overnight. Highs in the mid 40s.
Morning snow showers. Afternoon sun. Highs near freezing.
Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.
Partly sunny. Highs near 40.
Rain and snow showers. Highs in the 40s.
Partly sunny. Highs in the 30s.
Mostly sunny. Highs in the 40s.

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