Archive for December, 2010

SOME SNOW AND RAIN IS EXPECTED IN EASTERN VIRGINIA… HOWEVER, CURRENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT HAMPTON ROADS WILL DODGE THE BULLET ON THIS STORM… THE COLD WEATHER SHOULD CONTINUE WELL INTO NEXT WEEK

After Thursday’s traffic gridlock caused by snow that I experienced first hand, I was relieved to see that the potential for a major east coast storm this weekend has basically fizzled. At least that’s how it looks right now. A weak area of low pressure will slide to our south and the way it looks now, we will only see a little light rain here in Hampton Roads possibly mixed with some snowflakes or sleet. No accumulation is expected in Hampton Roads. However, there may be a narrow band of accumulating snow to our north and west. The challenge to forecasters is that the northern edge of the precipitation shield will be just to our north where it should be cold enough for some wintry precipitation. Could something change and bring a major snowfall to Hampton Roads? It doesn’t seem likely. However, I do get a bit nervous when low pressure areas move to our south and there is plenty of cold air in place. But the timing of the various factors that go into creating a major winter storm is just not right according to forecasters. Either way, we should have improving weather on Sunday as the system moves out to sea. The week ahead looks cold and there might be some precipitation during the mid-week period. Right now, that system doesn’t seem that potent, but stay tuned. I’ll have an update on Sunday morning. I wanted to give kudos to the local meteorologists on Thursday’s snowfall. I think that they did an excellent job predicting that storm. They accurately predicted the timing of the precipitation and the precipitation type for the most part. The Hampton Road’s school districts made the right decision to close schools.

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AFTER A BREEZY, MILD, AND INCREASINGLY WET SUNDAY, ANOTHER ARCTIC BLAST IS ON THE WAY

The low pressure area that moved up the coast late on Saturday brought around a half inch of rain to my neighborhood. Another much stronger low pressure system will be approaching the Northeastern states dragging a very strong cold front through our area. Showers will break out this afternoon (possibly heavy at times). Temperatures are mild ahead of this cold front. Then, colder air will rush in drying us out Sunday night and Monday. Tuesday looks to be very cold with temperatures struggling to rise above the freezing mark. The wind will make it feel even colder. Forecasters are watching a system for later this week but it is a little early to go into any real details. Precipitation is possible on Thursday but what form will it be in? Will the cold air stick around or will it move out before the precipitation arrives? Stay tuned on this one and monitor your local weather forecasts.

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THE WEATHER PATTERN BECOMES VERY ACTIVE… TEMPERATURES WARM UP BUT THAT WILL BE TEMPORARY… RAIN CHANCES GO UP SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND SUNDAY SHOULD BE MILD WITH PERIODS OF RAIN… THEN, THE ARCTIC BLAST ARRIVES ON MONDAY

The weather will be quite changeable over the next few days. A weak low pressure area moving northward along the coast should bring us some rain Saturday afternoon and evening. Then, another more formidble frontal system will bring us a round of rain/showers on Sunday. Temperatures should be quite mild on Sunday ahead of the next system. This system will be followed by a major blast of cold weather that will put us in the deep freeze from Monday through Wednesday. Temperatures will struggle to get above freezing and nightime temperatures will be very cold. What about the chances of wintry precipitation? Except for a flurry at the end of the precipitation on Sunday, no snow or ice is expected with the system this weekend. However, forecasters are watching a system for later in the week. I’ll have an update on Sunday.

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IT WILL BE COLD AND BLUSTERY FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS… NO SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED THIS WEEK… WINDS SHOULD SUBSIDE BY MID-WEEK

Well, we had our first dusting of snow overnight and the system that produced it is now well offshore. The snow seemed to only stick to the grassy surfaces, vehicles, roofs, etc. I did hear that there was some black ice on the roadways this morning. I’m glad it wasn’t a weekday as it could have been a commuter’s nightmare. This low pressure system is expected to rapidly intensify as it pivots around another low pressure system over Eastern Canada. Bombogenisis is expected to occur today (Sunday) which will increase our winds somewhat throughout the day. The strong low will keep our winds quite gusty for the next several days. With the dry offshore flow, no significant precipitation is expected this week. Temperatures may drop as low as the low to mid 20’s in some parts of our region early this week. A slow moderation of temperatures is likely later in the week, but by no means will it be warm. Well, that’s it for now. Try to stay warm this week and please be careful if you are using space heaters. Thanks for reading!

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THE WEATHER PATTERN WILL BRING COLD TEMPERATURES TO HAMPTON ROADS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS… A FAST MOVING ALBERTA CLIPPER SYSTEM SHOULD BRING SOME LIGHT SNOW TO PARTS OF THE AREA, MOSTLY TO THE SOUTH AND WEST… BRISK WINDS ARE EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK

Meteoroligical Winter started on December 1st and the weather will feel like winter over the week or so. A chilly air mass moved behind a cold front a few days ago which brought about a half inch of rain to my neighborhood. Colder air will be moving in behind a clipper system that will bring us a chance of a little light snow Saturday night. Forecasters aren’t expecting anything significant here locally, but a dusting to a half inch is possible. Areas to our south and west may get a little more as those areas will be closer to the track of the low pressure area. After this system moves through, dry weather is expected for the next several days. The pattern for the upcoming week looks like it will be a cold and dry one. As low pressure lingers off the New England coast, winds should remain quite brisk early next week adding to the chill. I’ll have an update Sunday morning.

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