A LARGE DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BRING US A SUNNY SATURDAY… ON SUNDAY, A WARM FRONT WILL BRING INCREASING CLOUDS AND MOST LIKELY SOME RAIN BY LATER IN THE DAY… MONDAY SHOULD BE AN UNSEASONABLY WARM DAY BUT WE WILL COOL DOWN BY MID-WEEK

An expansive high pressure area will guarantee a very nice Saturday albeit a bit on the chilly side. As the high moves off of the East Coast, the clockwise flow around it will produce a more southerly wind. Temperatures on Sunday morning should be warmer than they were this morning. It was 25 degrees at my house. Meanwhile, a major storm system will be organizing over the Southern Plains States. A warm front associated with this low pressure system will be approaching our area on Sunday. This will bring us more clouds and eventually a fairly good chance of rain/showers later Sunday and Sunday night. Rainfall has been below normal the past several weeks, so some wet weather is really needed. If we don’t receive significant rainfall soon, we may be placed in a drought status. The rain should move out early Monday morning and we should see a surge in temperatures into the 70′s! After that, a cooling trend will set in and some very chilly weather may be in store for the Thanksgiving Weekend. A storm system may bring us more rainfall on Wednesday, but there is a lot of uncertainty with that system… I wanted to comment on the incredible lake effect snowfall that impacted Western New York state. Although several complex factors go into creating a spectacular snowfall event that occurred on the lee shores of the Great Lakes, the bottom line is that whenever unseasonably cold air moves over the still relatively warm lakes at this time of year, the recipe is set for heavy lake effect snow. You’ve probably seen the incredible video and pictures from the impacted areas. It’s a localized event so you can have several feet of snow in one area and just a few miles away, there may be only flurries! Roofs have collapsed due to the heavy snow and their problems may worsen as rain is expected along with warmer temperatures. Flooding may be a big issue for them, depending on how much rain falls…. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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SATURDAY WILL BE A VERY CHILLY DAY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR… TEMPERATURES MODERATE ON SUNDAY AND ON MONDAY, MUCH WARMER AIR MOVES IN ALONG WITH SOME WET WEATHER… ANOTHER VERY COLD AIR MASS MOVES INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES BY MID-WEEK

The Arctic air mass that has been making news this past week across the U.S. finally reached the East Coast on Friday. Although the air mass moderated somewhat, temperatures were much below normal for this time of year on Friday. The average high temperature for this time of the year is around 62 degrees and we should stay in the 40′s all day today (Saturday). However, winds will be diminishing as high pressure builds into our part of the country. Temperatures should be in the mid 50′s on Sunday. There’ll be a mix of clouds and sunshine this weekend. A frontal system is expected to bring rain/showers to our region Sunday night and Monday. The exact timing of the rain is not certain and neither is the forecasted amount of rain. I’ve heard one forecast of up to an inch of rain on Monday.  Then, another very chilly air mass is expected to plunge into the region by mid-week and possibly bring us the coldest temperatures of the season so far. Does this abnormally cold weather this early in the season mean a very cold winter lies ahead? Not necessarily. However, sometimes weather patterns get locked in for a while so we’ll see how things unfold. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OFF OF THE SOUTHEAST COAST WILL BRING OCCASIONAL RAIN TO HAMPTON ROADS ON THIS VETERANS DAY… WEDNESDAY LOOKS MUCH NICER WITH MILD TEMPERATURES… A COLD FRONT WILL USHER IN A MAJOR COOL DOWN FOR THE REGION ON THURSDAY, WHICH WILL LAST INTO THE WEEKEND

As the headline states, a low pressure system off of the Southeast Coast will be close enough to bring some wet weather today across parts of Southeast Virginia and Eastern North Carolina. Although heavy rain is not expected, showers will be moving in from the south and southeast today with the highest rain chances the further south and east you are today (Tuesday). Winds should remain light today. The low will slowly move northeastward out to sea which should make Wednesday a much nicer day. Unfortunately, the mild weather will not last as a cold air mass approaches the region. Temperatures are going to be well below normal later in the week behind that cold front. The front is expected to stall off the coast and a low pressure system may develop along it bringing with it a chance of rain. According to the NWS, the highest rain chances appear to be Thursday night, but the timing of the ran may change so stay tuned. Right now, Saturday looks like it will be a chilly but sunny day. Clouds increase on Sunday along with another chance of rain Sunday night into Monday. Again, the timing may change with that rain event. Temperatures should moderate late in the weekend and early next week.

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WE SHOULD HAVE A NICE FALL WEEKEND WITH PLENTY OF SUNSHINE… A STORM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OFFSHORE ON SUNDAY BUT IT SHOULD HAVE NO MAJOR IMPACT ON OUR WEATHER… A MONSTER STORM SYSTEM IMPACTING ALASKA MAY BE ONE OF THE STRONGEST STORMS EVER… THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL IMPACT THE WEATHER PATTERN ACROSS NORTH AMERICA NEXT WEEK

After a very chilly start, Saturday will turn out to be a nice fall day with light winds and plenty of sunshine. A weak cold front is expected to move through our region early Sunday morning. No significant precipitation is expected with the frontal passage. Sunday should be another very pleasant day. A low pressure system is expected to develop offshore on Sunday but weather forecasters seem quite confident that we will not see any major impacts from the offshore storm… The big news in the weather is the huge, intense low pressure system impacting parts of Alaska right now. A barometric pressure of 924 MB was recorded, which makes it possibly the strongest storm system of its kind ever observed on earth! The storm had its origins as a super typhoon in the Western Pacific Ocean. This storm is expected to affect the upper-level wind pattern (jet stream) across the North American continent next week. It should create a huge trough that will pull down an unseasonably cold air mass into the center of the nation. The cold air is expected to eventually reach the East Coast later in the week. We may see some rain later this week but it’s too early to get into too much detail on that. Snow may be a possibility in the western portions of Virginia later this week… So, enjoy the weather this weekend as it appears we may get an early taste of winter next week. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OFF THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST… STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED LATER SATURDAY INTO EARLY SUNDAY… THE COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON WILL SWEEP IN BEHIND THIS STORM ON SUNDAY… MILDER WEATHER IS EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK

We had an extended period of pleasant weather, but it’s all coming to an end this weekend.  The combination of a very pronounced upper-level trough and a vigorous upper level disturbance rounding the base of this trough are going to cause cyclogenesis to occur near the NC coastal waters today (Saturday). The low pressure system is expected to rapidly intensify as it moves along the Gulf Stream offshore. This will result in increasing northerly winds this afternoon and tonight. Gusts may reach 50 MPH or more near the coast tonight.  With many trees still having their leaves, power outages will be a possibility if the forecast verifies. Coastal flooding may be an issue so those of you in flood prone areas should monitor the local media or the National Weather Service updates. Rainfall shouldn’t be a major issue from this storm but some rain is possible later on. The NWS isn’t expecting that much rain for most of us here in Hampton Roads. The Eastern Shore will most likely get more rain since the duration of the rainfall is expected to be longer there. The winds will slowly subside on Sunday as the low pressure system pulls away to the northeast. More pleasant weather will return early next week as high pressure builds over the area… Today is the first day of November and I encourage you to read my Weather Fact entitled “What is the Weather Like in November in Hampton Roads?” Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour tonight. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading.

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