TEMPERATURES SHOULD REMAIN AT OR BELOW NORMAL LEVELS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST ON SUNDAY… ANOTHER SYSTEM MAY BRING RAIN/SNOW SHOWERS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY

After a very nasty period of weather this past week, we saw clearing skies on Friday. High pressure will bring fair and chilly conditions today (Saturday). Winds shouldn’t be much of an issue today. A low pressure system is expected to develop off the Southeast Coast on Sunday and computer models have it intensifying rapidly as it moves northeastward. Although the storm’s major impacts should remain offshore, indications are that rain could spread into Hampton Roads on Sunday. The further south and east you are the higher chances of rain will be. North Carolina has the highest chances of rain on Sunday. Marine conditions are expected to deteriorate on Sunday as strong winds and high waves are expected. I think that Hampton Roads is very lucky (or unlucky if you like snow) because given the time of year and the track of this storm system, snow could have been in the forecast for Sunday and Sunday night. The northwest quadrant of a storm system many times has snow at this time of year. However, temperatures look like they are going to be too warm for frozen precipitation. That’s how it looks as of the time of this writing. The storm moves away on Monday, but it will be quickly followed by another system from the west. This system should bring a chance of showers and possible snow showers on Monday night and Tuesday. As the NWS states in their Saturday morning update, it is too early to discuss any potential snow accumulations. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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A SIGNIFICANT WARM-UP IS ON THE WAY… TEMPERATURES MAY REACH 70 DEGREES ON MONDAY… WE SHOULD STAY DRY UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK

After a chilly start this Saturday morning, a southerly breeze will transport milder air into the region later today and especially tomorrow. As a high pressure ridge moves offshore the clockwise flow around it will bring us increasingly warmer temperatures each day through Monday at least. No major weather systems are expected over the next few days which means that we should stay dry until Wednesday. A frontal system should bring showers (and maybe even a rare winter thunderstorm to some spots) on Wednesday…. Last week at this time, we were dealing with the monster winter storm that buried areas to our north with heavy snow. The above normal temperatures up there should help to melt a lot of the snow… Temperatures should return to normal later next week. Normal highs at this time of year are in the upper 40’s. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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THE INTENSE MID-LATITUDE CYCLONE CONTINUES TO CAUSE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FROM NORTHERN VIRGINIA INTO THE NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC STATES… HAMPTON ROADS IS IMPACTED BY STRONG WINDS, HEAVY RAIN, TIDAL FLOODING, AND SOME SNOW AT THE ONSET OF THE STORM… MORE SNOW IS POSSIBLE LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT

Just as it was forecasted to do, a low pressure system has redeveloped into a very intense cyclone centered just off of the southern Delmarva coastline this Saturday morning. Winds overnight here in Hampton Roads were very strong causing some power outages. Moderate tidal flooding occurred due to the storm and also from the moon. Winds have backed around to the NW which should help to improve the tidal flooding issue here locally. However, from the Virginia Eastern shore on northward, tidal flooding will still be an issue. The NW winds are bringing back in the colder air which will most likely turn the rain back into snow and sleet in parts of the region. There may be a small accumulation of snow later today even across the Southside Hampton Roads. This will also be the result of the upper-level low that is centered to the W-SW of the surface storm. The tight pressure gradient around the low pressure system has caused storm force winds over the coastal waters. Winds will continue to be quite strong today but they will die down on Sunday as the low moves further offshore…. In parts of Northern Virginia, a Blizzard Warning remains in effect today. Blizzard warnings extend north and east into parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York… Sunday will be a windy and chilly day but conditions will be slowly improving. We start the work week on Monday with relatively quiet weather with seasonal temperatures. So, stay tuned to your local media for updates and be safe out there. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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AFTER A RATHER MILD SATURDAY, TEMPERATURES WILL BE TRENDING DOWNWARD OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS… BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK… SOME PARTS OF VIRGINIA MAY SEE SOME SNOW ON SUNDAY

The low pressure system that moved northeastward Friday night brought heavy rain at times to parts of the area. Also, since the low was intensifying so rapidly, winds increased quite a bit. The low pressure area is moving away and we should see a decent day today (Saturday). Temperatures will be on the mild side for this time of year. The average high temperature for this time of year is 48 degrees. Our high temperature should be around 10 degrees above that today. Another low pressure system is expected to develop in the Gulf States but this low is expected to take a more southern track taking the heaviest precipitation well south and east of our area. However, there should be enough upper-level support and moisture to bring Hampton Roads some light precipitation on Sunday. Also, a frontal system will be moving through the region. It should be warm enough for mostly rain event. However, areas to our north and west may see some snow mix in. Any snow that falls should only stick to grassy surfaces, roofs, etc. Forecasters do not expect any problems with the roads on Sunday from frozen precipitation here in Hampton Roads as temperatures should be above freezing. A strong cold front will be moving into the region on Sunday night. Behind this front, temperatures will be well below normal making for a very chilly period for us. Temperatures will slowly moderate during the middle of the week… We are now entering the time of year when the average temperature is the coldest of the year. In approximately two to three weeks, the average temperature begins to climb again as the weather responds to the slowly increasing amount of daylight and the sun getting higher and higher in the sky… You’ve probably heard about the hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic this past week. Hurricane Alex is no more but it was the earliest hurricane to develop in the Atlantic Basin in several decades. The storm impacted the Azores. Very unusual, indeed! So, enjoy the mild temperatures on Saturday while you can and get ready for the big chill. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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TEMPERATURES THIS WEEKEND HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS WILL BE ABOVE NORMAL, ESPECIALLY ON SUNDAY… RAIN IS LIKELY SATURDAY NIGHT… MUCH COLDER WEATHER IS LIKELY NEXT WEEK

It’s been quite a while since we saw a full day of sunny skies here in Hampton Roads. Although we will see some sunshine today (Saturday) clouds should dominate the skies. It will be on the mild side today. Rain chances ramp up this evening as a warm front approaches the area. We should have a rather rainy night tonight but the rain should end early on Sunday. A cold front will sweep off the coastline and behind it, skies should clear allowing for some sunshine on Sunday. Temperatures will remain mild on Sunday, but colder air will move in for the start of the workweek.  As it looks right now, no significant precipitation is expected this upcoming week once we get past this weekend. Temperatures may really drop below normal during the middle of the week… You’ve probably seen it on the news but the El Nino has finally helped to bring much needed precipitation to California of the past several days. The drought in parts of California has been so severe that it will take much more rain and snow to alleviate their drought. However, some drought relief is expected. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a nice weekend!

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