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Mostly Dry & Mild Weekend On The Way...Cool For The Trick-Or-Treaters

 After a mostly cloudy and cool week, the sun reappeared on Friday along with more seasonable temperatures. Conditions will remain mild over the weekend with a nice warm up to start the work week, but Trick-Or-Treat Thursday could bring back some cool conditions. Tonight, skies will be mostly clear under high pressure with some fog forming late. Temperatures will be in the 50s for Friday Night Football, so a light jacket would be a good idea. The overnight low
temperature will fall to a cool 39 degrees.
    The weekend will start out with partly cloudy skies along with mostly dry conditions as a cold front moves through the region. There could be a few scattered rain showers over the mountain areas during the afternoon and evening hours. The high temperature will warm to 68 degrees in the warmer air ahead of the front. Sunday will be mostly sunny and dry as high pressure makes its way in behind the departing cold front. The high temperature will warm to 70 degrees.
    Monday will be partly cloudy and dry as a warm front moves north through the region. The high temperature will make it to 80 degrees in the warm air behind the front. Tuesday will see increasing clouds ahead of the trailing cold front. It should stay dry with a chance of rain showers moving in late. The high temperature will drop slightly to a still warm 78 degrees ahead of the showers. The cold front will move in Wednesday for cloudy skies along with rain showers that should bring a quarter to a half inch of rainfall with the potential for heavier rainfall totals in some areas. The high temperature will drop to 65 degrees with the clouds, showers and cooler air moving in behind the front.
    Trick-Or-Treat Thursday will be cloudy but it should stay dry as low pressure remains in place following the departing cold front. The high temperature will drop to 62 degrees with the clouds and cooler air mass in place. The overnight low temperature will drop into the upper 30s meaning the Trick-Or-Treat hobgoblins could be in for some cool conditions while out hunting for candy. Friday will be cloudy with rain showers as a low pressure system moves into the region. The high temperature will fall to 54 degrees and it could be cold enough to make for some snow
showers in the highest mountain areas to the east.
    The next weekend will start out with mostly cloudy skies along with dry conditions as the low starts to pull out of the region. The cold air mass still in place behind the low will drop the high temperature down to 51 degrees. Depending on how much clearing we get Friday and Saturday nights, we could be in for the first freezing temperatures of the season. Sunday will be partly cloudy and dry with high pressure building back in over the region. The high temperature will push the mercury back up to 58 degrees. Monday will be moslty sunny and dry as high pressure
strengthens over the region. The high temperature will make it up to a seasonable 63 degrees.

    A quick look back at yesterday's forecast shows that skies were mostly clear overnight with some fog forming late in river valleys as forecast. The overnight low temperature dropped to 39 degrees which hit the low temperature forecast right on the money. Friday was mostly sunny with high clouds moving through at times as was expected. The high temperature in Charleston came in at 63 degrees which came in one degree cooler than the forecast high temperature of 64 degrees. Huntington's high temperature was 65 degrees. Neither city reported any rainfall.

    Tonight: Skies will be mostly clear with fog forming late in river valleys. The overnight low temperature will drop to 39 degrees, with the temperature staying in the 50s through Friday Night Football making a light jacket a good idea.

    Saturday: The weekend will start off with partly cloudy skies along with dry conditions as a weak cold front moves through the region. Any rain showers should be confined to the mountain regions with the high temperature making it to 68 degrees ahead of the front.

    Sunday will be mostly sunny and dry as high pressure moves in behind the departing cold front. The high temperature will still manage to warm to 70 degrees with the additional sunshine.

    Monday: The cold front will lift back to the north as a warm front which will make for partly cloudy skies along with dry conditions. The high temperature will jump all the way to 80 degrees in the warm air behind the front.

    Tuesday: Skies will be mostly cloudy but it should stay dry ahead of the trailing cold front. Despite the clouds, the warm air ahead of the front will still make for a warm high temperature of 78 degrees.

    Wednesday: The cold front will move into the region which will make for cloudy skies along with rain showers that could bring between a quarter to half inch rainfall with heavier amounts possible in some areas. The high temperature will drop to 65 degrees with the clouds, showers and cooler air moving in behind the front.

    Trick-Or-Treat Thursday: Skies will be mostly cloudy but it should stay dry as low pressure stays in place behind the departing cold front. The high temperature will drop to 62 degrees with the cool air mass still in place over the region.

    Friday: Skies will be cloudy with rain showers as another low pressure makes its way into the region. The high temperature will only make it to 54 degrees with some very cool air moving in with the system. There could even be some snow on the highest mountain peaks to the east.

    Saturday: The next weekend will start out with mostly cloudy skies along with dry conditions as low pressure remains in place over the region. The high temperature will fall again to 51 degrees with the cool air mass remaining in place over the region. Depending on the amount of clearing we see Friday and Saturday nights, we could have the first freezing temperatures of the season.

    Sunday: Skies will be partly cloudy and dry as high pressure starts to build in over the region. The high temperature will warm a bit to 58 degrees.

    Monday: High pressure will strengthen over the region which will make for mostly sunny skies along with dry conditions. The high temperature will warm back to a seasonable 63 degrees.

    One Final Note: The forecast calls for the first freezing temperatures of the season possibly by next Friday or Saturday nights. Just for the record, the date for the first average freeze of fall happens between the 21st and 30th of October so that means we are running just a little bit late which most people probably won't complain about too much. The last time we have seen the mercury drop to freezing or below was April 26th, when the temperature dropped all the way down to 26 degrees!

Chief Meteorologist Jim Barach