Fog Early, Then More Sun Today
A gorgeous Monday was followed by a clear, cool night around our area and that's a recipe for fog this time of year. That's exactly what we're seeing this morning, especially near the rivers...with visibility under a quarter mile in some locations. Temperatures are near 50 in most locations but Elkins actually dropped into the 30s and there may be some frost over in that area. Some mid and high level clouds are moving in from the west this morning ahead of a cold front. Once the fog burns off we'll still enjoy sunshine but I think it will be a bit more filtered than it was yesterday when we had virtually no clouds at all. Temperatures will warm to about the same level, though...with a high of 77 degrees. All in all, another great day!
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 55. Some patchy fog is possible but shouldn't be as much of an issue as it is this morning. Clouds will actually thicken up Wednesday for a time in the afternoon...and some of us may even turn overcast for a couple hours. A weak cold front is moving in from the north but it has limited moisture and lift, so while some very light rain showers may for, mainly in eastern WV, I think most of us will be dry. The lower levels of the atmosphere are dry so most of the rain that forms in the clouds will evaporate by the time it reaches us. Temperatures will still reach around 75 degrees in spite of more cloud cover.
That front will quickly lift back north as a warm front Thursday, providing us with sunshine and a high of 78 degrees. Keep in mind the average high now is around 68 to 70 so we'll be around 10 degrees warmer than that.
Our dry spell comes to an end Friday as a cold front moves in. Unlike the one Wednesday this one will have some moisture as it's associated with a fairly strong area of low pressure tracking through the Great Lakes. Winds will be gusty out of the southwest with clouds thickening Friday morning...and rain arrives by midday or early afternoon from west to east. A rumble of thunder isn't out of the question as that front sweeps through. The speed, however, is in question, with one of our models drying us out in the evening while another is slower and keeps us wet. Marshall has a game at 7 PM and of course it's Friday night Football as well. Hopefully we can dry out but for now plan on some wet weather and temperatures in the 60s in the evening (we'll reach a high of 74 midday Friday).
Behind that front cooler air settles in Saturday with northerly winds. Clouds will break for a little sun but overall it will be mostly cloudy. It should be mainly dry although a mountain shower is possible especially early on. No worries about rain for the Mountaineer game but bring a jacket...it will be chilly! Charleston and Huntington will reach a high of 66 Saturday but Morgantown won't make it much past 60...and kickoff temps will be closer to 55. By the second half it will be in the 40s up there so dress warmly.
Sunshine and a high of 71 is the weather for Sunday so a nice finish to the week. A ridge will quickly build in the East by Monday with a big warmup to near 80 and plenty of sunshine to start off next week.