A FRONTAL BOUNDARY TO OUR SOUTH AND UPPER-LEVEL ENERGY WILL BRING UNSETTLED WEATHER ON SATURDAY… SUNDAY SHOULD BE DRIER BUT CLOUDS MAY PERSIST… TEMPERATURES WILL BE ON THE COOL SIDE THIS WEEKEND… TEMPERATURES SHOULD BE ABOVE NORMAL AGAIN BY TUESDAY

Although today (Saturday) will be unsettled, it won’t be a complete washout. Some showers are moving through SE VA and NE NC as I write this but we should see some breaks in the rainfall today. A northeast wind will keep it on the cool side today. The frontal system that is causing our wet weather is part of a larger system that has brought an ice storm to parts of the Midwest. Forecasters expect drier conditions on Sunday, but clouds will most likely stick around. We might see some sunshine at times on Sunday. On Monday, clouds will likely dominate the skies again. But guess what? On Tuesday, when many of us go back to work, temperatures are expected to soar into the low 60’s and there should be more sunshine. The above normal temperatures seem likely to hold through the remainder of the workweek.

We are approaching the time of year when, on average, temperatures are the lowest. The average high temperature for Norfolk is now 48 degrees. In a few weeks, average temperatures will start to rise again as the atmosphere responds to the increasing amount of solar radiation. Days have begun to get longer and the sun is slowly getting higher in the sky with each passing day. It’s a very slow process now, but as we head into February, the process accelerates with each passing day. Those are some hopeful thoughts for those of you who don’t like winter.

Parts of California have received tremendous amounts of rain and snow this past week putting a dent in the long-term drought that they’ve been enduring.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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AFTER THE SNOW AND BITTER COLD, A WARM-UP IS ON THE WAY!… CALIFORNIA IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS

The low pressure system that brought the wintry precipitation to the Hampton Roads/NE NC region is now in the Canadian Maritimes. The pressure gradient between this low pressure system and an approaching Arctic high pressure area currently centered in the Mississippi Valley will result in strong northwesterly winds today (Sunday).  Temperatures this morning were in the teens in Southside Hampton Roads and they probably won’t get out of the 20’s today. Snow cover effectively reflects the sunlight back to space limiting how much heat can be absorbed. Tonight, lighter winds, snow cover, and clear skies will produce ideal conditions for radiational cooling, which should cause temperatures to drop to near record levels in some spots. The record low for Monday morning in Norfolk is 11 degrees but we should stay about that by just a few degrees. Monday will be another very chilly day but there will be less wind. Then, the warm-up begins in earnest. We should get into the 40’s on Tuesday and then on Wednesday high temperatures should be well into the 50’s. Highs in the 60’s are possible Thursday and Friday! So, the bottom line is that there won’t be too much melting today despite the sunshine. Significant melting is expected to begin on Tuesday.

California is bracing for one of the wettest periods in many years. Flooding rains and heavy mountain snows are likely over the next several days as a “river” of moisture heads in from the Pacific Ocean. This will hopefully put a dent in the ongoing drought conditions. Snow in the mountains will be measured in feet!

That’s it for now. Stay safe out there!

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A STATIONARY FRONT TO OUR SOUTH IS BRINGING RAIN TO THE HAMPTON ROADS REGION TODAY… RAIN IS EXPECTED AGAIN ON TUESDAY, MOSTLY IN THE MORNING… TEMPERATURES WILL BE ON THE MILD SIDE DESPITE THE CLOUDS AND RAIN… WE SHOULD DRY OUT ON WEDNESDAY AND THEN A COLD FRONT WILL USHER IN COOLER WEATHER LATER IN THE WEEK

First of all, Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2017 brings you good health and prosperity.

If you’re off from work today (2 Jan), it is a good day to stay in bed for a while this morning with the dreary conditions. Rain will continue for a good part of today, but there may be breaks later on. Some of the rain could be moderate to heavy at times, so if you are traveling, be on the lookout for standing water on the area roadways. Tonight should be more of a drizzle/light rain situation. Fog may also be an issue in spots. On Tuesday, rain will again be possible, especially in the morning. In the afternoon, forecasters are saying that we should see a reduction in the areal coverage of the rain and there may be just some showers in spots. Temperatures are expected to be above normal on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we should dry out and it could turn out to be quite nice for early January. A colder air mass is expected to arrive later in the week. There is a lot of uncertainty in the extended forecast. Some computer models indicate that parts of Virginia could see a mix of frozen precipitation later in the week so stay tuned.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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WE’LL SEE AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN NEXT WEEK… WARMER TEMPERATURES AND A CHANCE OF RAIN WILL START THE WEEK ON MONDAY… ANOTHER STRONG COLD FRONT IS FORECAST TO DROP TEMPERATURES AGAIN BY MID-WEEK ALONG WITH ANOTHER CHANCE OF RAIN

High pressure will be in control this weekend bringing mostly sunny skies each day, but it will be quite chilly. Winds will not be much of a factor, however. Temperatures should only peak out in the 40’s on Saturday and they will drop back into the 20’s later Saturday night for most of us here in Hampton Roads. Sunday should be just a bit milder. Temperatures Sunday night are expected to rise overnight as a warm front approaches the region Monday morning. Monday is expected to be a much warmer day with a chance of rain at times. A cold front will move through later on Monday putting an end to the rain chances. Weak high pressure should give us a decent day on Tuesday but a strong cold front is expected to move through the Mid-Atlantic States on Wednesday. This combined with low pressure developing to our south and east should bring a chance of rain to our region. As the colder air moves in later on Wednesday, areas well to our north and west may see a little frozen precipitation. As of now, the Hampton Roads area is not expecting any problems with frozen precipitation. If you are traveling at that time, make sure you check on updates in the forecast. Temperatures are expected to be well below normal again later in the week behind that strong cold front. Another low pressure system may approach the region as we head towards next weekend bringing precipitation.

That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!

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WE’LL HAVE A CHILLY WEEKEND BUT IT SHOULD REMAIN DRY… A PERIOD OF UNSETTLED WEATHER WILL BEGIN SUNDAY NIGHT AND LAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY… TUESDAY IS LIKELY TO BE THE WETTEST DAY OF THE FORECAST PERIOD… A VERY COLD AIR MASS IS FORECAST TO ARRIVE LATE IN THE WEEK

Saturday will feature sunny skies and chilly temperatures, but overall, it should be a decent day for early December. The average high temperature for this time of year is around 56 degrees. We will probably only reach the low fifties in most areas around Hampton Roads. Clouds begin to increase on Sunday out ahead of a developing low pressure system near the Gulf Coast. Sunday will be another chilly day. Rain should hold off until Sunday night or early Monday morning. That will be round one of the rain as another system is expected to bring rain on Tuesday and the rain may last into Wednesday. We may get a good soaking on Tuesday, depending on how this system evolves. On Thursday, conditions are expected to improve, but another cold front will be on the way. This front is expected to bring the coldest air mass of the season so far. As it looks right now, the very cold conditions are likely from Friday through next weekend. Meteorological winter has begun which means we have entered the three month period (Dec/Jan/Feb) that averages the coldest three months of the year. Astronomical winter begins on December 21st.

That’s if for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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