Heat wave today, polar plunge tomorrow?

Enjoy the sunny skies and 50 degree temperatures while they last. And they won’t last long.

Another blast of bitterly cold air is expected to plunge southward tomorrow and remain through Friday. The coldest night is forecast for Wednesday, when temperatures could fall to several degrees below zero.

Travel conditions during the day Tuesday will be hazardous as the cold air moves into the region and rain changes to snow. The temperature at 5 p.m. Tuesday is expected to be just 22 degrees, causing the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for Upshur County.

“Rain changing to snow. Rapidly falling temperatures will create flash freeze conditions,” reads the advisory. “Total snow accumulations of up to one inch expected over the lower elevations with 1 to 3 inches in the mountains.”

The advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

“Plan on slippery road conditions,” the advisory warns. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.”

The low Tuesday night is 9 degrees, with snow showers lingering into Wednesday, when the high is 15.

Temperatures could fall as low as -4 degrees Wednesday night, with a high of 14 Thursday and a low of 5 Thursday night.

As always, don’t forget to look after your pets on such cold days and nights. The American Humane Society reminds pet owners that staying warm requires more calories, and more food. Bring your pets indoors when the temperature plunges; that fur won’t prevent an animal from freezing if left outside.

Your furry friend won’t have to stay cooped up long, though. Next week is forecast to bring much warmer temperatures, with a high of 57 degrees on Monday, a week from today.

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