Archive for December 19, 2010

THE WEEK AHEAD WILL BE CHILLY BUT IT WILL NOT BE AS BRUTAL AS LAST WEEK… THE NEXT CHANCE OF SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION PROBABLY WON’T BE UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY… WILL IT BE IN THE FORM OF RAIN OR SNOW?

The weak low pressure system that moved offshore overnight Saturday night brought just a little light rain with some snowflakes mixed in. About a quarter of an inch of rain fell in my backyard. Note that the snow and rain event last Thursday brought nearly of inch of liquid equivalent to my neighborhood. As I stated in my Saturday post, this weekend’s system did not have all the necessary ingredients to produce a major winter storm event here in Hampton Roads. It was also a timing issue of other systems just not coming together in a timely fashion that would have allowed a major storm to develop. However, this system will intensify as it moves out to sea. This will cause breezy and cold conditions on Sunday and Monday. A weak clipper-like system is expected to move through the northern Mid-Atlantic states during the mid-week period. As it stands right now, forecasters are not expecting anything significant here from that system. Maybe our far northern spots may get some precipitation. Temperatures this upcoming week will be on the chilly side, but it shouldn’t be as cold as it was last week, especially during the mid-week period. Then, all attention will turn to a stronger system expected to affect us on Christmas Day. It is too soon to discuss any of the details with this potential system. If you have travel plans on Christmas Day, I recommend that you monitor the forecast very closely as we progress through the week. I suspect based on current trends that we here in Hampton Roads will only see rain from this system, but stay tuned on this one.  Happy holidays and thanks for reading.

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