AN ARCTIC BLAST IS ON ITS WAY… A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING RAIN TO THE REGION SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING… THE BITTER COLD WON’T LAST AS MILDER WEATHER MOVES IN NEXT WEEK

The weather map this Saturday morning features a developing low pressure system centered over Arkansas and an Arctic air mass that is pouring into the Northern Plains States. The low will move east-northeast and it will drag a warm front through our region later today and tonight. Temperatures are expected to actually rise tonight as the clouds thicken an rain arrives. Sunday morning will be quite mild and it will be very wet. The well advertised cold front will move through during the day Sunday dropping temperatures drastically. Winds will also increase out of the northwest. Precipitation should end before the cold air arrives so no significant snow is expected here in Hampton Roads. Also, the latest thinking is that most roads should dry out before the coldest air arrives later Sunday. However, any standing water will freeze Sunday night so be cautious of that if you are out and about. Since temperatures will be dropping to around 20 and possibly into the teens, you should take precautions for any pipes that are prone to freezing in your home or apartment. Monday will be a very blustery day with temperatures most likely staying below freezing. Monday night will be another very cold night as the Arctic high pressure system settles over the Mid-Atlantic States. Winds will also decrease Monday night. Moderation of the temperatures is expected on Tuesday afternoon. Another low pressure system is expected to bring wet weather later in the week.

This storm system will bring heavy snow and even some freezing rain on the northern side of its track as it heads into New England. The ice and snow accumulation on trees and power lines combined with strong winds may cause power outages up there. Severe weather is also possible across the Gulf Coast States and in portions of the Southeastern States.

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

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AN APPROACHING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS GOING TO BRING A SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TO PARTS OF VIRGINIA… MOSTLY RAIN IS EXPECTED IN HAMPTON ROADS

We here in Hampton Roads won’t see much (if any) sunshine this weekend as overrunning moisture from an approaching frontal system has already produced a solid deck of high to mid-level clouds. Saturday should be dry for the most part. However, rain will overspread the region tonight and it should be with us most of Sunday. Rainfall totals may be upwards of one inch. Sunday will be a day to just stay indoors and watch a movie, football, etc. Areas just to our north and west will see a mix of snow, sleet, and rain. Further to the northwest, a significant snowfall is likely. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for those areas that are expected to be impacted by snow tonight and tomorrow. It’s impossible to predict exactly where that boundary of accumulating snow will set up as models are not in full agreement. However, at this time, it seems that the most of South Side Hampton Roads will not see any significant snow accumulation. As you get up to the Williamsburg area, there may be some accumulation. The Richmond area and points north and west should get a significant snowfall. Check out my Weather Fact on the Weatherdudes website on why it is so difficult to predict snow here in Hampton Roads. It explains many of the factors involved. Winds out of the northeast will be quite strong as the low pressure approaches on Sunday. It is possible that precipitation ends as snow even across the southeastern cities Sunday night, but that is not a certainty. The low moves out to sea on Monday, and we will see improving conditions, although it will still be on the chilly side. Some moderation of temperatures is expected later in the week.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

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THE NEW YEAR STARTS OFF ON THE WARM SIDE IN HAMPTON ROADS… THE MILD WEATHER PATTERN SHOULD CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL MORE DAYS… MORE RAIN IS EXPECTED LATER IN THE WEEK

Last year, at this time, we were in the grips of an Arctic air mass. Temperatures were way below normal and were in the single digits at Times Square when the ball dropped. This year is very different. We are expected to see temperatures peak out in the low 70’s on New Year’s Day as a warm southwesterly flow takes over. Today, New Year’s Eve, we will see temperatures slowly rise¬†to around 60. The warmest part of the day is expected to be this evening. Winds will be light today out of the east and will slowly be veering around to the south by tonight. There may be some showers later on as a warm front crosses the area.

The storm track dictates what type of weather we experience. Low pressure systems that pass by to the west or north usually bring mostly rain to our region and milder conditions. This is due to the way winds blow counterclockwise around low pressure areas in the northern hemisphere. Low pressure systems that move to the south or east can potentially bring frozen precipitation to our area. For example, the low pressure system that brought heavy rain a few days ago passed by well to our northwest. Even up in the mountains of northern New Jersey, where I was for the Christmas holiday, precipitation fell as rain. The overall weather pattern is not expected to change anytime soon. It’s possible that the El Nino in the Pacific Ocean is causing this mild weather. The jet stream controls the storm track, so if the jet stream is to the north, temperatures will usually be above seasonal norms.

Cooler temperatures are expected on Wednesday, but they should still be slightly above normal. Some wet weather is expected later in the week as another system approaches the area.

That’s it for now. I want to wish everyone a very Happy, Safe, and Prosperous New Year!

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A FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT TODAY (SATURDAY) AS RAIN MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES… RAIN CHANCES DIMINISH ON SUNDAY AS THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM PULLS AWAY… DRY AND SEASONAL WEATHER WILL START THE WORKWEEK

A complex low pressure system will bring wet conditions to the Hampton Roads area today. A Flood Watch is in effect for the region, with the exception of the Eastern Shore. Inland areas that had snow last week may be more susceptible to flooding. Areas of fog are reducing visibility this morning. The combination of an upper-level trough of low pressure to our west and the frontal system moving into the region will bring the rain/showers. This system is very different from the storm system that brought rain and snow last week. It’s a much warmer system as winds will be mostly from a southerly direction today. Winds won’t be as strong as they were last week. The wind direction will switch to the west on Sunday, which will bring drier air into the region, but there still could be an isolated shower in spots. Monday should be very nice with mild temperatures. A cold front will bring colder conditions on Tuesday. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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A SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL IS LIKELY IN PARTS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA… FOR HAMPTON ROADS, THE FORECAST CALLS FOR MOSTLY RAIN… WINDS MAY GUST TO NEAR 40 MPH, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST… CONDITIONS IMPROVE LATER MONDAY

A low pressure system tracking E-NE is expected to bring a major snowfall for the western portions of North Carolina and Virginia. Some of the higher elevations of North Carolina may get upwards of 18 inches of snow! In Hampton Roads, it looks like we will see mostly rain with possibly some snow or sleet mixed in, especially over the western Tidewater area. A wind flow off of the water, which is relatively milder than the land, will almost guarantee that precipitation will be in the liquid form along the coast. Winds may gust to near 40 MPH in areas closer to the ocean and bay. Dry air to the north associated with high pressure will cause a sharp cutoff of precipitation. In western Virginia, there will areas that receive heavy snowfall while just a few miles to the north, there will only be light accumulations. Where that precipitation cutoff line sets up is still uncertain as computer models have been unable to come to an agreement. Also, individual models have been waffling back and forth. If you live in the affected areas, you should monitor the forecast very closely throughout the day today. This storm system will not be turning up the coast, like many others do. It will head out to sea as it intensifies. Had this been mid-January, I think that Hampton Roads may have received more snow, but ocean temperatures are still a little too warm. Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion will also be an issue as the storm intensifies. On Monday, the storm will depart and conditions will improve, but it will still be quite windy. Milder weather is expected later in the week. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

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