Reprieve from Brush Fire Threat Friday – Very Warm Upcoming Weekend!

Weather

We continue to see our weather pattern warm up across the area, and we’ll be close to summer-like conditions by the end of the weekend.

The brush fire threat continues Thursday, as many of us remain dry, and a very dry southeasterly wind warms up well into the 70s. That wind flow is a very dry flow because the air comes down off of the mountains in the Greenbrier River basin and dries as the air drops in elevation.

The good news is with that wind flow being so dry, we should stay dry until after dusk, but the bad news is that it is a bad recipe for more brush fire dangers, so please be careful if you plan on doing any burning, and I have once again attached the burning regulations below:

  • In West Virginia, from March 1st to May 31st, burning is only permitted from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. More information is available here.
  • In Ohio, from March 1st to May 31st, burning is only permitted from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. More information is available here
  • In Kentucky, from February 15th to April 30th, burning is only permitted from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. More information is available here

We do get a nice reprieve from the brush fire threat as we head into Friday. That’s thanks to an upper level low pressure system, which will drop some generally light rainfall across the region. Expect around a quarter of an inch of rain between tonight and the first half of Friday, and with it being recently dry across the region, expect roadways to slicken up a bit as the rain lifts the dirt and grime out of the pavement.

The rain will begin moving out of the region by the afternoon, and a ridge of high pressure takes control for the weekend. After temperatures dip back into the ‘modest’ 60s for highs on Saturday, we will pick up a southwesterly flow, which will likely jump us to around 80 degrees for highs as we hit the second half of the weekend.

A stray shower is possible Sunday afternoon and evening ahead of what will be a more unsettled pattern to take us into next week.

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