A DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE WESTERN GULF OF MEXICO IS POISED TO GIVE HAMPTON ROADS A SOAKING RAIN ON SUNDAY WITH SOME SNOW POSSIBLE AS THE SYSTEM DEPARTS

If you need to do anything outdoors this weekend, try to get it done on Saturday as Sunday looks to be a wet day. A developing low pressure system near the Western Gulf of Mexico will be tracking E-NE which should take the system off the Southeast Coast Sunday night. This should spread rain into our region on Sunday and snow will fall in areas to our north and west. Parts of Western and Central Virginia may see significant snowfall, but not a paralyzing snowstorm. Even the Eastern Shore may get in on the action Sunday night, but only a couple of inches are expected at most. In Hampton Roads, this will be mostly a rain event… Speaking of rain, about 0.60 inches fell in my backyard from a system that moved through on Thursday…. Due to the continued lack of blocking, this system will not become a major nor’easter for New England. The low is expected to move out to sea and not affect areas of the Northeast. When an upper-level high pressure system is near Greenland, this causes blocking as we saw last winter. The blocking causes low pressures like the one coming out of the Gulf to crawl up the East Coast and blast the I-95 corridor with heavy snow and strong winds. So far this winter season, this really has not happened. We haven’t seen much blocking at all.  And time is running out. I’ll have the weather picture for next week in my Sunday morning post.

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