By Cody Neff
The recent cold spell is on its way out and warmer weather is moving in, according to weather officials.
“Today's high temperatures will generally run from the high 20s to the lower 30s,” Blacksburg meteorologist Dennis Sleighter reports. “Tonight’s lows will range anywhere from about 15 to 22. Thursday will be mainly in the upper 30s. There might be some spots that touch into the lower 40s.
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“Thursday night we're looking at a mix between the upper 20s to the lower 30s. Highs on Friday will be somewhere in the low to mid 40s. Friday night we're looking at the low to mid-30s. Saturday, highs will be in the upper 40s to near 50.”
Sleighter said today and tonight should be dry.
“It should stay dry all day Thursday, too,” he said. “Right now we're thinking there will be some light precipitation that moves into the area on Thursday night in the form of rain or freezing rain.
“That should turn into all rain on Friday. A very light and scattered rain will continue Friday night, but on Saturday the chances of rain become more likely for the area.”
Charleston meteorologists predict the same for the Nicholas, Wyoming, Fayette and Raleigh area.
Power outages forced some people into warming shelters.
In Raleigh County, shelters were set up at the Ghent Fire Department, Raleigh County Community Action, Raleigh County Commission on Aging and the Beckley Dream Center. Other centers were on standby in Sophia, Colcord and Whitesville, and could be activated and operational within a half hour, if needed.
Reports from AEP said everyone in Fayette and Raleigh County should have gotten power back by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Raleigh County Director of Emergency Services Marty Agee said there were almost 600 people without power in Raleigh County around noon.
In Fayette County, reports of power outages fell within the Hico and Ansted areas. There were two warming shelters, one at Lighthouse Worship Center on Smales Branch Road and the other at the Nuttall Fire Department near Lavista.
In Nicholas County, no power outages were reported Tuesday. Three warming shelters were opened. They were at Richwood City Hall, Richwood Food and Clothing Pantry in Cherry River Plaza and the Family Planning Center at in Richwood.
In Wyoming County, 650 customers reported power outages, but all power has been turned back on. The only warming center was at Oceana City Hall.
In Greenbrier County, everyone had power and warming shelters were on standby. No shelters were active.
In Summers County, there were no power outages reported and no warming shelters were set up or on standby.
In Monroe County, no power outages were reported and warming shelters were on standby, but not in use.
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