Showers/Storms On The Increase Today But Drying Out This Weekend
Our Friday already got off to a wet start in some locations as some fairly isolated downpours moved through. Once just scraped by downtown Charleston and even produced a couple strikes of lightning. They moved quickly and already as of this writing they are on their way off to the east. Most of us are already drying out for the time being and clouds are even breaking for some sun. Temperatures, in the 60s now, will spike into the 70s by midday. However, an approaching cold front will ramp up a line of showers and storms ahead of it from the Missori Valley and that rain will roll in here by mid-late afternoon. It should be fairly healthy, with heavy rain likely and even a gusty storm or two mixed in. Unfortunately the timing could mean some difficult conditions for the evening commute with quick ponding on roads and poor visibility. Be prepared for a slow-go. Temperatures will fall into the 60s when the rain picks up.
The Football forecast tonight is a bit dicey, although right now I think the worst rain and lightning will be out of here by 7-8 pm. However, some patchy drizzle or light showers could still be around so be prepared for some damp conditions...and certainly be ready for heavy rain at the Marshall tailgate prior to the game.All told we should see around a half to 3/4 of an inch in West Virginia, with lighter amounts west of the Ohio River.
Clouds and spotty drizzle will hang around overnight as cooler air settles in behind that front. Saturday will begin dreary with temperatures in the lower 50s....but we should see clouds break for sun as we get into the afternoon. Temperatures will hold to around 65 degrees...much cooler than recent days but actually closer to where we should be for early October. With high pressure settling in Saturday night it will set us up for the chilliest night of Fall so far. By the second half of the WVU it will be in the 40s so a jacket is a must. Overnight we'll fall to around 42 degrees in town, with some outlying sheltered valleys likely reaching the upper 30s.
Sunday will be beautiful with lots of sunshine. We'll rebound to around 71 in the afternoon, making for a great finish to the weekend. Temperatures warm well into the 70s Monday ahead of a cold front that will bring a quick shower in here Monday night. Behind it, the weather looks dry for most, if not all, of the rest of next week. We'll see a high of 68 Tuesday behind that front but should warm back above 70 again Wednesday and Thursday.