Dense overnight fog followed by a windy, cool Friday

Rain chances return by the end of the weekend
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 3:48 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 9:15 PM EST
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  • Spotty showers across the area today; rain rates will be light to moderate
  • Wind Advisory issued for this afternoon through Friday; gusts reach 40 MPH+
  • Drying out for Friday and Saturday before another system returns

Skies have cleared in some areas allowing temperatures to drop and dense fog to form. Most of that will erode as winds increase overnight. Sustained winds will increase 15-25 mph late tonight with even stronger gusts.

We'll see sustained winds in the 15-25mph range with gusts as high as 50mph.
We'll see sustained winds in the 15-25mph range with gusts as high as 50mph.(WDBJ Weather)

Wind Advisories are issued for the counties in light brown beginning at 4PM Thursday and remaining active until 12PM Friday. Gusts could reach as high as 50MPH for some locations.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Temperatures turn cooler behind the front setting us up for a cool end to the workweek. For Friday, afternoon highs will be in the 40s and low 50s (for a few lucky spots). Thanks to the northwest wind flow, areas near I-77 and along the WV/VA state line may see a few flurries Friday morning, but majority of the viewing area will wake up with partly sunny skies.

Waking up Saturday morning it will feel chilly! Temperatures will start us off in the 20s with afternoon highs warming int othe 40s and low 50s. Saturday looks dry with mostly sunny skies, so if you are wanting to do any activities outdoors this will be the best day this weekend. Winds will also start to calm down by the afternoon.

Temperatures to start off the weekend will read near freezing.
Temperatures to start off the weekend will read near freezing.(WDBJ7)

SUNDAY

Another system will enter from the southwest bringing more rain Sunday. If temperature profiles continue to trend cooler, we could see a wintry mix early Sunday morning in the mountains. This is almost the same setup we have seen all winter! For most of us, this will be another soaking rain that will impact everyone Sunday.

RAIN BEGINSLikely after sunrise Sunday - Arrives southwest to northeast
RAIN ENDSAfter midnight; Sunday into Monday morning
RAINFALL TOTALSWidespread rain likely reaching .25″ to .50″ with locally higher amounts
SNOWFALL TOTALS (Mountains)Snowfall in the West Virginia mountains are likely to top 1-3″ in spots.
Rain returns Sunday morning with a wintry mix possible in the mountains.
Rain returns Sunday morning with a wintry mix possible in the mountains.(WDBJ7)

Rain tapers off Monday and Tuesday with dry conditions and seasonable highs in the 40s. By Wednesday, another front will enter the region bringing additional rain chances.

NEXT WEEK

We begin the week fairly dry with any leftover moisture producing snow showers in the higher elevations of West Virginia on Monday. We remain seasonable with highs in the 40s. There are some signs another system may try to enter the region by the middle of the week bringing yet another round of rain and perhaps some wintry mix for some.

The week starts with a lingering shower and even snow showers in the higher elevations.
The week starts with a lingering shower and even snow showers in the higher elevations.(WDBJ7)

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