Wild Weather Swings this Week

STORMTRACKER 13 (WOWK) - After a Monday with freezing rain concerns, the weather ahead for the area will take residents on a wild temperature ride.

"We could see highs go in one week from 30s to the 60s then back to the 20s," said Stormtracker 13 Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

Icy patches can still be seen early Tuesday and there are multiple schools that have called for a two hour delay.  The up-to-date list can be found here: http://www.wowktv.com/weather/closings-and-delays

After Tuesday morning, the Stormtracker 13 meteorologists call for a gradual warmup which continues until a cold front arrives on Friday.  At that point the weather tables will be turned once again and highs on Sunday could be nearly 40 degrees colder than Thursday.  The normal high temperature for this time of year is in the low 40s for the Charleston-Huntington area.  

The Stormtracker 13 meteorologists say the thaw and freeze cycle presents several possible challenges from potential issues with underground pipes to potholes on the roads to rock slides.

"The water freezes and expands, and exerts pressure on surfaces or the ground or pipes, then the ice melts and the pressure lets go, and the cycle happens again back the other way by the weekend.  That can be hard on a pipe, or the asphalt on the road where we've had puddles freeze and thaw and all those little spaces in a rock formation where water seeps," said Adkins.

There is also a chance for some heavy rain on Friday as the next Arctic cold front comes in to the area along with some wind gusts. 

Then bitterly cold air rolls into the region with falling temperatures featured for much of Saturday with the chance for some accumulating snow.  You can get the latest forecast any time at wowktv.com/weather.   

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