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Instant winter – Temps to drop significantly by Thursday’s end


Wind gusts, showers expected with front


The weather may be warm when you wake up Thursday, but don’t count on it to last.

A cold front is moving through the area and, with it, will come the first winter-like conditions for the year.

“We’re expecting the front late morning to mid-day,” Nick Webb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, West Virginia, which handles Ironton, said.

“When the front comes through, there may be gusty winds, up to 30 miles per hour,” he said.

Webb said the worst conditions of the front, which has the region under advisory, are expected further east, in the mountains and panhandle region of West Virginia.

“We think the severe threat will be minimal for Ironton,” he said.

At the beginning of Thursday, Webb said temperatures would be in the high 60s or low 70s, but, after the front passes, they will drop to the low 50s by 5 p.m. and then the upper 30s by 8 p.m.

“It’s going to be pretty dramatic,” he said, but noted that he does not expect snow or flurries for Ironton and that such precipitation will take place in West Virginia.

After the front passes, he said cold temperatures will remain on Friday, with highs only reaching the upper 40s and a freeze expected later that night.

The front affected Trick or Treat plans for Lawrence County, moving them to Saturday in Ironton, Coal Grove, Proctorville and South Point.