Stormwatch Forecast

Weather - 2/19/2013 12:07 AM by Kristian Claus

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Messy On Tuesday

How about today's beautiful weather? I wish we could keep it forever! Good evening everyone, Stormwatch Chief Meteorologist Kristian Claus here. As I'm sure you've guessed by now, this lovely spring-like weather can't stick around forever. A front is quickly approaching us from the west. In fact, clouds are already moving in overhead. 

The storm will arrive early Tuesday morning. By 4am, westerncounties McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas will start to see a mix of rain and wintry precip. By 6am it will have reached our eastern counties as well including Tazewell, Mercer, Summers, Monroe, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas. At this point, while you may be preparing to make your AM commute, we are going to see a true mix of rain, snow, sleet and possibly freezing rain. The freezing rain will depend on if the overnight temperatures are able to drop below freezing or not. That will be in large part a combination of the cloud coverage (or lack there of = colder), and the southwestern winds keeping temperatures slightly warmer. In the mountains, you are more likely to see AM-commute freezing rain. So please keep that in mind and plan your drive to work or school accordingly. Leave some extra time in there for the unknown. 

After the AM commute, we should be looking at mostly a rain event through lunchtime. After lunchtime, what remains behind the front will transition over to a light snowfall event for the remainder of the evening. That lasts until conditions dry up, late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning. 

Temperatures are going to be dropping down quickly and dramatically Tuesday night. So anything that remains on the roads after sunset is going to freeze. Therefor, black ice may be an issue we will need to address for the Wednesday morning commute. More on that tomorrow. 

After that, looking great for Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures rebound into the 30s and 40s with sunshine returning as well. 

The next two rain systems will be Friday night lingering possibly into Sunday. And once again Next Monday/Tuesday. More details on that as we get closer, as well. 

Be careful tomorrow. It's going to be a tricky weather day with lots of mixed precip. Heidi and myself will be keeping you fully informed on the air, online at and here on the Stormwatch Facebook page. Take care.

Extended Forecast:

Tonight: Increasing clouds and wintry mix moving in after 2 AM. Lows in the lower to mid 30's

Tomorrow: Cloudy with rain showers switching over to snow showers at night. Highs in the lower 40's and lows in the upper 20's.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cooler with highs in the low 30's and lows in the mid teens.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 40's and lows in the lower teens.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers. Highs in the upper 40's and lows in the mid 30's.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of lingering showers. Highs in the low 50's and lows in the mid 30's.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with highs in the low 50's and lows in the mid to upper 20's.

Forecast by StormWatch Chief Meteorologist Kristian Claus.

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