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Jim Barach's Outlook
from the Storm Team Weather Center

Cold Tonight...Hard Freeze Possible...Protect Those Plants!

Jim Barach **Freeze Warning Entire Viewing Area Through 10:00 AM Wednesday**

A strong cold front moved through the region today which brought clouds skies along with rain showers that changed over to snowflakes. The ground was too warm to allow any accumulation, but the temperature continued to fall close to freezing during the afternoon. Skies will clear out tonight which will allow the temperature to free fall all the way down to 25 degrees. That will make for a hard freeze so anyone who has started their spring gardens will need to take the necessary precautions to protect any young or tender plants. There could also be some problems with icing on roadways through the morning with wet roads and temperatures well below freezing.
Wednesday will start out very cold but high pressure will make for sunny skies along with dry conditions. The high temperature will make it up to 56 degrees. High pressure will strengthen over the region on Thursday for mostly sunny skies along with dry conditions. The high temperature will make it all the way up to a seasonable 68 degrees. Good Friday will be partly cloudy and dry ahead of an approaching cold front. The high temperature will warm again, making it to an afternoon reading of 72 degrees.
Easter Weekend will start out with a few scattered rain showers Saturday morning that will taper off to partly cloudy skies as a weak front makes it through the region. The high temperature will drop a bit to 70 degrees with the clouds and showers. Easter Sunday will be partly cloudy and dry as high pressure makes its way back in over the region. The high temperature will make it to a pleasant 72 degrees.
Monday will be see a cold front make its way back into the region for mostly cloudy skies along with some scattered rain showers. The high temperature will drop a bit to 68 degrees with the clouds and showers. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with rain showers as the front pushes through the region. The high temperature will drop again to 65 degrees with the clouds, showers and cooler air moving in behind the front.
Wednesday will be partly cloudy and dry as high pressure makes its way back in over the region. The high temperature will warm to 70 degrees. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with some scattered rain showers as a warm front makes its way into the region. The high temperature will warm a bit despite the clouds and showers as warmer air moves in behind the front to 72 degrees. Friday will be partly cloudy and dry with high pressure again establishing itself over the region. The high temperature will warm again to 77 degrees.

A quick look back at yesterday's forecast shows that skies were cloudy overnight along with rain showers that mixed in with snowflakes Tuesday morning as forecast. The temperature continued to fall through Monday night and Tuesday as well as expected. Charleston's high temperature was an early 69 degrees that was recorded shortly after midnight. The afternoon temperature, though was in the 30s. Huntington also had a misleadingly high temperature of 66 degrees which also was the temperature around midnight. Charleston reported .23" precipitation while Huntington picked up .36" total precipitation.

Tonight: Skies will clear out overnight which will allow the temperature to drop rapidly all the way to a low of 25 degrees by Wednesday morning. A Freeze Warning is in effect for the entire viewing area and anyone who has gotten their spring garden already going needs to take the necessary precautions to protect any vulnerable plants.

Wednesday: After a very cold start to the day, high pressure will keep skies sunny and dry through the day. The high temperature will make it up to 56 degrees.

Thursday: High pressure will make for another day of mostly sunny skies along with dry conditions. The high temperature will warm to a seasonable 68 degrees.

Good Friday: Skies will be partly cloudy and dry ahead of an approaching cold front. The high temperature will warm to 72 degrees.

Saturday: Easter Weekend will start out with a few scattered rain showers as a weak cold front will move through the region. Skies will become partly cloudy with the high temperature dropping a bit to 70 degrees.

Easter Sunday: High pressure will move back in over the region for partly cloudy skies and dry conditions on Easter Sunday. The high temperature will warm to a pleasant 72 degrees.

Monday: A cold front will move into the region which will make for mostly cloudy skies along with some scattered rain showers. The high temperature will drop a bit to 68 degrees with the clouds and showers.

Tuesday: The cold front will move through the region which will make for mostly cloudy skies along with some scattered rain showers. The clouds, showers and cooler air behind the front will drop the high temperature a bit to 65 degrees.

Wednesday: High pressure will move in over the region for partly cloudy skies along with dry conditions. The high temperature will warm to 70 degrees.

Thursday: A warm front will move through the region which will make for mostly cloudy skies along with some scattered rain showers. The high temperature will warm a bit despite the clouds and showers as warmer air moves in behind the front.

Friday: Skies will be partly cloudy and dry with high pressure moving back in over the region. The high temperature will warm again to 77 degrees.

One Final Note: Clearing skies will make for a very cold night, with the temperature set to drop to a frigid 25 degrees. That would tie the record low temperature for the date, set back in 1957.
--Jim Barach
Storm Team Meteorologist
Updated: Apr. 15, 2014 10:58 PM EDT






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