CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Colder weather will be moving into the region next week, but a local forecaster says it likely won't be a repeat of the subzero temperatures brought by the polar vortex early last week.
Dave Marsalek, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said information from the National Climatic Data Center, tasked with longer-term weather forecasts, is not consistent enough yet to be on alert for another extreme cold spell.
"Late Tuesday through Friday, we will see colder temperatures," Marsalek said. "Possibly single digits to low teens Wednesday night. Definitely a chillier pattern, but as far as next week goes, is it going to be what we saw a couple weeks ago? Absolutely not."
Marsalek said the National Weather Service is equipped to make forecasts as far out as 7 days, but the National Climactic Data Center can make forecasts as far out as 14 days using what is called the European model. He said those models are still showing inconsistent data for how cold temperatures will get.
"As far as what we were seeing earlier in the month, there's not a lot of consistency in these early model runs," Marsalek said, referring to the polar vortex that blanketed much of the eastern part of the country under extreme cold temperatures last week. The way this model is running is not really saying the same thing. What we would like to see is consistency from run to run, and we're not getting that."
Marsalek said the area could see lows in the single digits to low teens Wednesday night, based on the data currently available to him.
Snow is likely throughout this weekend with highs Saturday reaching 29 degrees and highs Sunday reaching 36 degrees. No significant amounts of accumulation are expected.
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