MILDER AIR IS MOVING INTO HAMPTON ROADS… RAIN IS ALSO GOING TO MOVE IN BUT NOT UNTIL AFTER DARK… WINDS INCREASE AHEAD OF COLD FRONT SUNDAY EVENING

Southerly winds will bring in warmer air today (Sunday) and this should allow temperatures to exceed 60 degrees later today. The strengthening southerly winds are being caused by the pressure gradient between a slowly departing high pressure system and the approaching frontal system from the west. Rain is expected to break out tonight as the flow moistens out ahead of the cold front. At this point, the heaviest rainfall amounts are forecasted for areas west of Hampton Roads. However, we may pick up anywhere between 0.50 and 1.50 inches. Although thunder is a possibility, it doesn’t seem likely. The front should move through on Monday putting an end to the rain. Cold air behind the front is lagging so it would cool down that quickly on Monday. As a matter of fact, Monday afternoon may turn out quite balmy for January standards. On Tuesday we begin to cool down to more seasonal levels. The dry weather should last until Friday, when a system approaches the region from the southwest. This could actually turn out to be an interesting situation since there will be enough cold air around to support wintry precipitation in some of our northern and western areas. Since this is so far out in the future, forecasters are hesitant to make any specific predictions. So, right now, they’re going with rain for most of us next Saturday. By mid-week, the weekend forecast may have changed but stay tuned on this one. The forecast models are predicting that the pattern will most likely turn colder the week after this, but extended forecasts can be unreliable. Extended forecasts have improved over the years but they have a long way to go.

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