Archive for January 11, 2009

ON SUNDAY, THE RAIN MOVES OFFSHORE BUT THE CLOUDS REMAIN… WILL A LOW DEVELOPING OFFSHORE AFFECT US ON TUESDAY?… FRIGID TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED LATER IN THE WEEK

The showers that moved through Hampton Roads are now offshore. I checked my gauge this morning and it only had a trace of precipitation in it.  Although we shouldn’t see any significant rain on Sunday, the clouds will most likely hang tough. The clouds are caused by a combination of the approaching cold front and developing trough over the Great Lakes. Temperatures should slowly fall as our winds turn more northwesterly and then northerly. Monday should be a decent day with some sun. Then, forecasters will be watching a low pressure area as it skirts so our south and east. Current indications are that the low will pass far enough offshore so that it’s main precipitation shield will miss Hampton Roads. However, a slight deviatoin in the track of this system could bring some light precipitation into the region. By mid-week all attention will turn to the bitterly cold air that will be plunging southeastward into the nation from Canada. This is part of the same air mass that has brought the incredibly cold temperatures to Alaska and Northwestern Canada. High temperatures by the end of the week could be around freezing here in Hampton Roads. Note that temperatures may not get above zero in parts of the Great Lakes. Will there be snow here in Hampton Roads during this upcoming cold spell? We could have a couple of opportunities so stay tuned.

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