First Snow Strikes Mountains, Frost Looking Likely for Lowlands This Week

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A weather pattern more indicative of November continues to dominate our region! Our average high temperature this time of year is in the upper 60s, and nowhere in the next several days will we be reaching that! 

The cold weather pattern has led to the first snow flakes across the mountains of West Virginia, and the threat for frost in the lowlands Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Let’s take a look!

FIRST SNOW ACCUMULATES IN WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS

A clipper system came down from Canada Friday night into Saturday morning, and with it was enough moisture to bring a few showers to the lowlands. With temperatures in the lower 40s overnight Friday into Saturday in the lowlands, the mountains were down into the upper 20s and lower 30s, which was cold enough for flakes to fly! 

Snowflakes were reported as far west as Nicholas County, where a few flakes were reported near Craigsville. Farther to the east and higher in the elevations, light accumulations were reported above 4,000 feet, including at Bald Knob and Snowshoe Mountains in Pocahontas County.

With temperatures warming up Saturday afternoon, the snow melted quickly, but it was a nice taste of fall for the region, and a reason to get excited for the upcoming ski season on the slopes!

FROST LOOKING LIKELY FOR LOWLANDS

A series of cold fronts will pass through the region this week – one on Monday, one on Wednesday, and another on this upcoming Saturday. Each cold front will bring in cooler air from Canada behind it. 

The front passing through on Wednesday will be a bit on the stronger side – strong enough to where if skies clear Wednesday night, we will likely see temperatures drop down into the low to middle 30s in the lowlands, with 20s over the highlands for low temperature.

That would certainly be chilly enough to see our first frost of the region, so if you have any plants outdoors, you will likely want to prepare to either bring them indoors, or cover them up!

COLD PATTERN LOOKS TO CONTINUE

As mentioned above, a series of cold fronts will continue to pass into the region. As they do, they will continue to usher in cooler air from Canada. In between the fronts, in general we will see temperatures warm into the 60s, but as a front passes through, we will see high temperatures drop to the low to middle 50s. 

This pattern does not look to change anytime soon, so embrace the cooler fall-like pattern – maybe go check out some fall foliage this upcoming week!

You can follow Meteorologist Joe Fitzwater on Facebook for the latest weather updates, as well as on Twitter for weather conditions.

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