Archive for December 25, 2009

MILDER AIR MOVES IN FOR CHRISTMAS DAY… RAIN ARRIVES LATE… SATURDAY WILL BE ABOVE NORMAL BUT COOLER AIR MOVES IN FOR EARLY NEXT WEEK

The major storm system over the center nation that has caused snow and high winds from Central Texas north to the Northern Plains will move into the Western Great Lakes region. Moisture out ahead of the frontal system associated with this system will bring increasing clouds to Hampton Roads along with an increasing chance of rain late on Christmas Day. Temperatures will be slowly climbing as mild air will be drawn into our region. Rain will continue overnight with windy conditions. The rain ends on Saturday but the mild temperatures should remain. A cold front moves through late Saturday bringing a return to cooler weather early next week. For those traveling, please be ready for some wintry precipitation well north and west. However, this will not be a major winter storm for the Mid-Atlantic states. When low pressure systems move by to our west, the counter-clockwise flow around them brings in the warm air on southerly winds. At the onset of the precipitation, sleet or freezing rain is possible in areas where the cold air is firmly entrenched. Hampton Roads does not have to worry about that with this event. Next week could get interesting as the pattern remains active. Have a safe and joyous holiday!

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