THE WORK WEEK STARTS OUT CHILLY BUT A WARM UP IS EXPECTED LATER IN THE WEEK… ARE WE HEADING FOR ANOTHER DROUGHT?

Cold air will be advecting in behind a deepening low pressure system off the New England Coast. The system should only produce a few light showers here in Hampton Roads on Sunday. A snow flurry can’t be ruled out in some spots late in the day, especially for folks to our north. Winds will be quite gusty as the pressure gradient steepens later on Sunday into Monday. By the way, this system will bring a significant snowstorm to parts of the Northeastern States. As high pressure builds in on Tuesday, winds will settle down but temperatures will be quite cold Monday night for most of us. Another system will be approaching later in the week that will boast up temperatures, but again, this system appears to be moisture starved. That has been the problem for most of this winter. Frontal systems have not been able to tap moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. We are well over 4 inches below normal already and forecasters expect the overall dry pattern to continue for another week at least. Speaking of the dry weather, a fire weather advisory may be issued on Monday as strong winds, low humidity, and dry brush make for ripe conditions for brush/forest fires.  Will the pattern change anytime soon? No one knows for sure, but as a weak La Nina fades in the Pacific, conditions may improve as we head into spring and especially into summer. We can only hope!

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