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Chance Of Showers & Storms Thursday & Friday...Mostly Dry Holiday Weekend

    A weak wave of low pressure moving through the region on Wednesday brought partly to mostly cloudy skies along with some scattered showers and storms, especially over southern Ohio and the West Virginia mountains. Another low pressure system will make its way into the region on Thursday and Friday for mostly cloudy skies with a better chance of more widespread showers and storms. For tonight, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with showers tapering off. There will be some fog forming late in river valleys with the overnight low temperature dropping to 66 degrees.
    Thursday will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms as a wave of low pressure moves in close to the region. The high temperature will drop a bit to 86 degrees. Friday will see the low pressure system make its way into the region for mostly cloudy skies along with a better chance of afternoon showers and storms. The high temperature will make it up to 87 degrees in the warmer air ahead of the low.
    The Labor Day Holiday Weekend will start off with partly cloudy skies along with dry conditions on Saturday as high pressure moves back into place across the region. The high temperature will warm a bit to 88 degrees with the additional sunshine although a chance of an afternoon shower or storm popping up is not out of the question. Sunday will be partly cloudy and dry with high pressure again in place across the region. The high temperature will drop slightly to 86 degrees. Labor Day Monday will be partly cloudy and dry for the most part with high pressure again in
control across the region. The high temperature will come in at 86 degrees.
    Tuesday will be partly cloudy and dry as a warm front makes its way into the region. The high temperature will make it to 87 degrees with the warmer air moving in behind the front. Wednesday will be partly cloudy and dry ahead of the trailing cold front. The high temperature will warm again to 88 degrees.
    Thursday will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms ahead of the approaching cold front. The high temperature will drop to 86 degrees with the additional clouds and showers. Friday will be mostly cloudy with showers and storms as the cold front moves through the region. The high temperature will drop to 82 degrees with the clouds, showers and cooler air moving in behind the front. The next weekend will start out with partly cloudy skies along with dry conditions as high pressure moves in behind the departing cold front. The high temperature will drop to 80 degrees as cooler air continues to move in behind the front.

A quick look back at yesterday's forecast shows skies were partly cloudy overnight with fog forming late in river valleys as forecast. The overnight low temperature came in at 65 degrees which hit the forecast low temperature right on the money. Wednesday was partly to mostly cloudy as expected but the thunderstorms in the forecast never materialized for most lowland areas. The high temperature in Charleston made it to 90 degrees which came in two degrees warmer than the forecast high temperature of 88 degrees. Huntington's high temperature was also 90 degrees. Charleston reported no rainfall while Huntington picked up a trace of rainfall.

    Tonight: Skies will be partly cloudy with fog forming late in river valleys. The overnight low temperature will come in at 66 degrees.

    Thursday: A wave of low pressure will make for mostly cloudy skies along with scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. The high temperature will cool a bit to 86 degrees.

    Friday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with scattered afternoon showers and storms as another wave of low pressure makes its way into the region. The high temperature will make it to 87 degrees in the warmer air ahead of the low.

    Saturday: The Labor Day Holiday Weekend will start out with partly cloudy skies along with mostly dry conditions as high pressure makes its way back into the region. The high temperature will warm to 88 degrees with the additional sunshine.

    Sunday: Skies will be partly cloudy and dry with high pressure still in place over the region. The high temperature will drop a bit to 86 degrees.

    Labor Day Monday: High pressure will make for another day of partly cloudy skies along with dry conditions. The high temperature will again come in at 86 degrees.

    Tuesday: A warm front will move through the region for partly cloudy skies along with dry conditions. The high temperature will make it to 87 degrees with the warmer air moving in behind the front.

    Wednesday: Skies will be partly cloudy and dry ahead of the trailing cold front. The high temperature will make it to 88 degrees in the warmer air ahead of the front.

    Thursday: The cold front will move into the region for mostly cloudy skies along with showers and storms. The high temperature will drop to 86 degrees with the additional clouds and showers.

    Friday: The front will move through the region for mostly cloudy skies along with showrs and storms. The high temperature will drop again to 82 degrees with the clouds, showers and cooler air moving in behind the departing front.

    Saturday: The next weekend will start out with partly cloudy skies along with dry conditions as high pressure moves back in over the region. The high temperature will drop again to 80 degrees as cooler air continues to move in behind the front.

    One Final Note: A recap of the year's precipitation totals shows that Charleston has picked up 36.39" of total precipitation despite being a bit less than average in August. That puts the city still more than 5" ahead of normal for precipitation for the entire year to date!

Chief Meteorologist Jim Barach