A WINTER-LIKE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD BRINGING MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL… SNOW IS POSSIBLE IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS FROM WEST VIRGINIA INTO NEW ENGLAND

As predicted, a low pressure system is moving up the Eastern Seaboard and will begin to intensify quite rapidly. This will bring a soaking rain to many areas including Hampton Roads. It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen a system like this that has the potential to bring a widespread heavy precipitation event to the East Coast. I know it’s the weekend, but we really need this rainfall as much of the area has been experiencing a drought. This low pressure system has many characteristics of a winter storm. Up to 16 inches of snow may fall in the higher elevations of PA and NY. Winds will also become a factor as the storm intensifies, especially for areas up to our north. The combination of strong winds, heavy wet snow, and trees that have leaves on them may cause power outages in those areas that receive the heaviest wet snow. For our area, it will just be a wet and eventually breezy day with rainfall of varying intensity. Several factors are coming together to cause this storm to intensify. Upper level energy meeting up with the surface low pressure system later today will be the main ingredient that will cause the rapid intensification.  As the low slowly pulls away on Monday, our winds will be mostly out of the west and could be quite gusty. The low will pull cool air down out of Canada so no major warm ups are expected anytime soon. Later in the week another cold front may bring us a round of showers/thunderstorms. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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