First Cold Blast of the Season 11/22

An Arctic air mass is heading into the Valley.

Big changes are ahead for the weekend. If you thought some temperatures last week were cold, wait until this weekend.

A cold front will move through Friday, overnight. Although this won't bring very much rain, it will bring cold air.

As of Friday afternoon this front is located along the Ohio Valley,
right between the temperatures in the 60's and the 30's.

Behind this front, an Arctic air mass pushes in.

This is a very strong area of high pressure, so as it moves in behind the front, our winds will increase.

The high has some very cold and dry air with it so that will move in for the next several days.  

As far as the winds, here is an image of what Saturday afternoon's wind will look like.

Although it will be windy, notice the brighter colors to the northwest.

Those are stronger winds, and that will hit the area Sunday.

Winds will likely be 20-25mph on Sunday with much higher gusts.

There is a strong possibility a wind advisory will be issued for at least part of the weekend.

The winds should stay strong through Sunday night before dying down.

In addition to the winds, the coldest air moves in Sunday, perfect timing, right? It's going to be the coldest air of the season so far, and winter technically isn't here yet.

High temperatures Sunday will only be around 30 degrees.

Coupled with strong northwest winds, that is going to put wind chill temperatures (or the feel-like temperature) in the teens!

That is going to be bitter cold air for Sunday.

Remember we are not used to cold temperatures like this so it may be a bit painful to head outside. You probably don't want to be outside for too long on Sunday with the wind and the cold.

It's the time of the year when lake-effect snow can reach the mountains in our area. The western facing slopes, also known as western Highland, western Pendleton, and western Grant counties see more snowfall during the winter than the eastern parts of those counties.

As far as lake-effect snow this weekend, there will likely be minor accumulations along the western facing mountains.

In the winter you may see snow flurries around Valley locations when it's sunny outside, or when there is no snow in the forecast.

This often happen when snow falls on the western facing mountains when there is a strong northwest wind.

That wind can pick up the snowflakes and blow then east, not just in the eastern Highlands but many times in the Valley.

This is extremely common, and it's what we like to call "blowing flurries" because they blow over from the west. Occasionally a strong gust can bring a brief snow shower into the Valley. That doesn't look likely during the next few days but it's possible anytime in the winter.

The good news is, the Arctic air is short lived. Although temperatures will still be chilly the week of Thanksgiving, it won't be as cold as Sunday.

The other weather maker we are keeping an eye on is a developing storm system that looks to form to our south the week of Thanksgiving, just in time for holiday travel. It is still too early to say for sure what the impact in our area will be. However, if you have travel plans to the Mid-Atlantic coastal areas, the Carolinas, or even southwest Virginia this is something that likely could affect your travel.

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