The Ohio Valley is about to feel an early sting of winter’s chill as a blast of cold air makes its way into the area this week, with a colder air mass slated to hit next week.
According to StormTracker 7 Chief Meteorologist, Dr. Dave Walker, cold air is predicted to settle into the area starting Wednesday and lasting through the weekend.
StormTracker 7 Meteorologist, Brian Davis said he anticipates parts of the Ohio Valley to feel winter’s chill beginning at about 2 p.m. Wednesday as temperatures start to drop.
The StormTracker 7, 7-Day Forecast is showing highs in the upper 30’s starting Thursday, with lows dipping down into the upper 20’s through Sunday. This is about 10 degrees below average temperatures, but not historically uncommon.
The blast of cold air and lower temperatures also increases the potential for snow. Based on current weather models, both Dr. Dave and Brian are predicting light snowfall this week. The good news, according to Dr, Dave is that this should be a dry dusting and should not contain any wet, heavy snow. However, heavier snow is likely Sunday into Monday.
The official start to winter is still six weeks away, but already other parts of the country are having to deal with snow.
ABC News is reporting that a low pressure system coming out of Northern Rockies strengthened into a major winter storm Monday in the northern plains and western Great Lakes. However, it is not uncommon for parts of the northwest to experience snow fall this early.
Dr. Dave and Brian will continue to track both cold air masses in order to keep you better informed. The most up to date version of StormTracker 7 predictor is also available 7 News Mobile App and WTRF.com.