The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 14, 2013

Plenty of sun, temps in the 80s on the way

BECKLEY — Southern West Virginians who bet with Little Orphan Annie are hitting the weather jackpot this week.

Sunshine for the week — loads of it — was promised Monday by Charleston National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Beavers.

The sun was shining Monday, but temperatures were chilly. The cold front that brought weekend showers and shivery temperatures Sunday and Monday should be gone today, though, Beavers explained.

The highs are expected to reach near 70 today, he said.

“Over the next couple of days, we’re going to bounce back into the 80s, with a little patience,” added Beavers. “We’re going to be in the actual 80s on Wednesday.”

Tonight, temperatures are expected to dip to the 50s.

Daytime temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 80s through Friday. Nighttime temperatures will also be warmer in Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas counties for the rest of the week, hovering in the low to mid-60s each night.

Residents of Greenbrier County were under a freeze warning Monday night, while neighbors in Summers were heeding a frost advisory.

Both warnings have been lifted this morning, Blacksburg NWS meteorologist James Clark said.

He said residents of Greenbrier, Summers and Monroe counties can expect high temperatures in the mid-60s today. Higher elevation temperatures are expected to be around 60, Clark added.

On Wednesday, temperatures are expected to climb to the high 70s or low 80s in those counties.

No frost or freeze warnings are in effect for the rest of the week, said Clark.

He explained that NWS releases those warnings from May 5 through Oct. 25 each year, to warn gardeners and farmers.

The Monday night temperatures were chilly for this time of year, he said. “It’s not completely uncommon (to be looking at a freeze), but it is on the cool side, considering we’re talking about May 13.

“(Monday night) should be our last cool night for the next few days,” he said.

Frost and freeze advisories for the region are posted at www .weather.gov/blacksburg (Summers, Greenbrier, Monroe) and www.weather .gov/charleston (Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh).

There was snowfall reported in West Virginia Monday.

According to Metro-News, Snowshoe Postmaster John Paine reported it was 29 degrees and a ”nice little snow storm” up in the Pocahontas County mountains.

Paine lives at 4,800 feet, one of the highest elevations for population in West Virginia.

Snow also was reported Monday in other parts of Pocahontas County, along with portions of Randolph, Tucker and Pendleton counties and other areas.

According to National Weather Service records, the normal high temperature for May 13-14 is 70 degrees, with the normal low at 49.

The record low temperature for May 13 dates back to 1996 when the mercury dipped to 31.

The record high for May 14 was 85 in 1974.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com

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