Warm weather expected to last a few more days

PARKERSBURG – The warm air residents in the Parkersburg area will experience through Thursday is due to a high pressure system centered over the western Atlantic, said meteorologist Joe Merchant with the National Weather Service in Charleston.

The system is pushing warmer air from the southern United States to our area. A strong cold front, developing over the central plains Monday and today, is moving east, bringing rainfall with it, Merchant said.

Merchant said the storm is anticipated to move into the area Thursday afternoon/evening. The storm brings a chance of thunderstorms on Thursday, he said.

“There is a slight chance of a thunderstorm, nothing severe, just showers in general for the next few days,” he added.

Temperatures through Thursday are expected to be in the low 80s, Merchant said. Weather conditions will remain cloudy to mostly cloudy until the rain arrives, also bringing with it colder air and temperatures over the weekend in the upper 50s to low 60s, Merchant said.

Quick showers may blanket the area in the next several days, he said.

Oxbow Golf Course near Belpre saw about 160 golfers on Sunday and said business has increased in the last week since the arrival of spring.

Rickey Johnson, an assistant manager at Oxbow, said, “We’ve had a lot of golfers but the last weekend or so we had a lot (more).”

The normal high temperature in Parkersburg on April 8 is 64 degrees, with the normal low being 40 degrees. The record high temperature on April 8 for Parkersburg was 85 degrees in 1991. The record low was 22 degrees in 1972.