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Wheeling Experiencing ‘Abnormally Warm’ Winter Weather

Warmer temperatures are bringing more fog than usual around this region this time of year, as shown by the low visibility on Interstate 70 near Bellaire.

WHEELING — The average temperature during the early stages of winter in the Wheeling area has been about 39 degrees, making it one of the warmest on record for this time of the year, according to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

Meteorologist Jason Frazier said temperatures in the Wheeling-Pittsburgh area have been well above normal since early December, with conditions setting up for more fog for this time of year around this region.

“That just points to how mild and abnormally warm it has been,” Frazier said.

Many times over recent weeks the area has experienced warmer air, which originated out of the Gulf of Mexico and carried more moisture into the region and at times created foggy conditions, he said.

“So we’ve had a few more of these things (weather patterns) … where the moisture has been condensed in the air reducing the visibility,” Frazier said.

According to Frazier, the high temperature was broken for the Wheeling area this past Saturday when the temperature climbed to 73 degrees.

The previous record set for Jan. 11 was 64 degrees, which was set in 2018.

“That is the one day through this (winter) season that we have broken a record. It is actually the third warmest temperature ever recorded in the month of January in Wheeling,” Frazier said.

He said while there may have been a couple of inches of snow for the Wheeling area back in November, for the most part this region has been “pretty bone dry.” Frazier said the current forecast is showing more seasonal temperatures with a chance of rain and possibly some accumulating snow moving back into this region this weekend and next week.

“We are at least trending colder. We are going to be back into more winter-like temperatures and even below normal temperatures as we get (further) into the week and even into early next week,” he said. “For folks there (in the Wheeling area), winter is not over. It may seem basically like spring out there, but hopefully the plants haven’t started blooming yet because more cold is on the way.”

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