By Carra Higgins
The calendar says it’s nearly time for the unofficial start of summer, but late tonight and early Saturday, the area could break record low temperatures.
National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Axford says today’s temperatures will be more mild compared to the last few days. Today’s high temperatures will only be in the upper 50s — nearly 20 degrees cooler than days earlier in the week.
Tonight, temperature sensitive plants might need to be taken inside or covered because overnight, temperatures could drop to the mid 30s. Axford said there is a potential for frost, but Thursday afternoon the NWS was continuing to monitor for that possibly and will issue advisories or warnings today for frost if warranted.
Axford said Beckley’s current record low for May 25 is 40 degrees.
Plan to take a jacket or wear layers for Saturday’s outdoor activities because it’s unlikely it will be warmer than the upper 50s.
By Sunday and through Monday, the cold front should be moving out of the area and temperatures should be returning to the 60s and low 70s. Higher elevations, however, have the possibility of seeing isolated rain, but otherwise, the Memorial Day holiday, should be a good time to get outdoors, Axford added.
He added that the cold snap and recent storms are part of “instability with the [weather] system” in the lower 48 states.
— Carra Higgins