Very Wet Start To December
An approaching cold front and a moisture atmosphere ahead of it has spelled some wet weather for our area. Rain was light and more drizzly than anything on Monday, but last night it picked up and turned heavy. Huntington picked up over 1" of rain since midnight and Charleston has already seen around 3/4 of an inch. And more is coming. An extensive area of rain going back to I-75 will move through for the rest of this morning...with some of that rain continuing to come down at the rate of a half inch an hour at times. That could cause high water on susceptible low lying roads like Goff Mountain or Doc Bailey roads. Flood-prone viaducts could have issues too. I expect more rain through the afternoon but it should become lighter and a little more off and on than it is this morning. Temperatures are mild at least, in the 50s this morning and we should reach between 60 to 65 this afternoon. Unfortunately we can't really enjoy the mild temps with all the rain around today.
There should be a lull this evening as that cold front moves across the area and into eastern WV. That tapering of the rain would work out well for Christmas tree lightning ceremonies around the area. Temperatures will fall into the 50s. Unfortunately it appears a wave of low pressure forming on the south end of the front will hang it up around the eastern part of the area and bring another round of rain in late tonight and the first half of Wednesday. This is especially true for areas near and east of Charleston....farther west into Ohio and Kentucky it may remain mostly if not completely dry.
The rain should depart by the afternoon on Wednesday with some sun hopefully breaking out for the first time since Friday. Temperatures will reach the mid 50s. Another cold front will then move in Wednesday night around or after midnight. This won't have a lot of precipitation with it but some light rain showers will break out. Late that night as cold air deepens we'll see a change to some wet snowflakes. Areas near US 19 could wake up to a dusting on the grass, cars, and rooftops, while near Route 219 up to an inch of snow is possible. For most of us, though, while flakes will be sighted it won't stick. It will be chilly, however, with a high of only 43. After our recent spell of warm temps that will feel pretty nippy but it's not much to bat an eyelash over for December.