By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Tug Valley residents have thoroughly enjoyed the warm temperatures and springlike weather that has graced the area with its presence over the last five to six days, but Ol’ Man Winter is out to prove he’s not finished yet as cold winds, sleet and snow make their way back for yet another visit.
The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a strong wind advisory Wednesday that will remain in effect through most of today, with the strongest gusts being predicted for Wednesday evening through the night. Rain began falling in Williamson shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, accompanied by wind gusts in excess of 20 mph. Shortly thereafter, the temperature began dropping.
A dusting to 2 inches of snow was predicted with greater accumulations in the higher elevations. Overnight lows were expected to be in the high teens to lower 20’s. Mostly sunny skies were expected today with much cooler temperatures, daytime highs only reaching the lower to mid-30’s. Northwest winds are expected with 10 to 15 mph gusts at times. Tonight we will see the thermometer dip back into the lower 20’s, with Friday’s highs creeping into the upper 50’s, with overnight low’s remaining above freezing.
The weekend weather forecast calls for the possibility of rain showers Saturday morning, clearing in the afternoon with 50-degree temperatures expected. Saturday night will once again be in the 30’s, with partly sunny skies on Sunday wrapping up the weekend. The first two days of the next work week may bring a chance of rain mixed with snow once again.
With March 20 being the first official day of spring, residents of the Tug Valley are impatiently awaiting a permanent break in the bad weather and are eagerly expecting the arrival of robins, flowers and the budding of the trees.