Archive for January, 2013

WE’LL GET A BREAK FROM THE COLD BUT IT WILL BE BACK LATER IN THE WEEK… MONDAY MIGHT BE A BIT UNSETTLED… A BETTER CHANCE OF RAIN SEEMS LIKELY DURING THE MID-WEEK PERIOD

It looks like we will have more sunshine today (Sunday) than we did on Saturday. High clouds filtered the sunshine on Saturday limiting the sun’s ability to melt the snow. However, a lot of it did melt, especially on the roadways. Temperatures stayed in the 30’s on Saturday and they probably will again on Sunday, even with more sunshine. High pressure remains in firm control of our weather. If you have a barometer at home, check it out. The pressure is almost as high as it gets. On Monday, we may see a little rain as warm air from the southwest advances to the northeast. Tuesday should be very mild with temperatures reaching into the 60’s. That will feel nice after this recent cold spell. As the headline states, the warm-up will be short lived. A cold front will be approaching and weather forecasters are expecting a low pressure area to develop along the front over the Tennessee Valley. This should bring us a period of wet weather during the mid-week period. Then, the cold air comes back following that system. Some computer models are indicating that we may have another round of wintry weather on Friday, but it is much too soon to speculate on that.

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SNOW MAKES FRIDAY’S EVENING RUSH HOUR A NIGHTMARE FOR SOME FOLKS HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS… THE COLD CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND BUT A WARM UP IS ON THE WAY

For me, Friday’s commute home from work was quite treacherous. It started out okay as the snow was just beginning around 3:30 PM. The interstates were fine at that time. However, things quickly got worse, especially on the secondary roads. Snow was accumulating on the roads which made them very slippery. Many vehicles were skidding on the snowy and icy roadways. Some vehicles had difficulty stopping and you absolutely had to drive very slowly. Numerous accidents were reported. When snow falls with temperatures in the 20’s, it’s going to stick and accumulate on untreated roadways. This morning, it looks like a winter wonderland outside. The sun will be out most of the day today (Saturday). However, keep in mind that the snow reflects a lot of the sun’s radiation and it does not absorb the heat like dry ground does. This causes the temperatures to not rise to the levels that they would have had it not snowed. Temperatures will probably not rise out of the 30’s today. Some re-freezing is likely to occur tonight. Sunday will be another chilly day. On Monday, temperatures will be milder but there may be more clouds due to a warm front that will be approaching the area. There may be a period of light rain in some areas on Monday. Then, it really warms up by mid-week. I’ll have more on the extended forecast in my Sunday morning post.

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AN ARCTIC BLAST IS ON THE WAY… UNSETTLED WEATHER IS LIKELY AT THE END OF THE WEEK

After a very nice weekend for the middle of January, the weather is about to turn very wintry. A very chilly air mass is getting ready to sweep southeastward into the Mid-Atlantic States. Although a cold front did move through, Monday won’t be too bad. Temperatures will be seasonal. The real cold air won’t arrive until later Monday night and Tuesday. Temperatures on Tuesday will probably not get much above freezing during the afternoon. Wednesday will be another very chilly day. Wind chills will be very low so bundle up accordingly. No significant precipitation is expected until Friday. A frontal system is expected to bring some wet weather on Friday and it may last into early Saturday. The current thinking is that it will not be cold enough to support accumulating snow here in Hampton Roads. However, stay tuned as there is some uncertainty in the track and intensity¬†of this system… This is, on average, the coldest time of year and so in just a couple of weeks, average¬†temperatures begin to rise again. Keep that in mind on Tuesday and Wednesday when you’re shivering outside.

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ARCTIC AIR IS POISED TO MOVE SOUTH INTO THE U.S…. OUR WEEKEND SHOULD BE DRY WITH SEASONAL TEMPERATURES AS VIRGINIA DRIES OUT

This past week was probably one of the dreariest weeks in weather that I’ve seen since living here in Hampton Roads the past 14 years. A stalled frontal boundary brought nearly continuous rainfall across much of the state of Virginia. Here in Virginia Beach, we did not have a lot of rain from this system. We were at the southernmost extent of the area of rainfall that lies just to our north and west. It was one of the longest periods that I can remember without seeing the sun. On Friday, despite it being a chilly day, the sunshine was very welcome. Then, the wintery weather hit at the end of this long dreary period. Virginia Beach missed out on the snow for the most part but areas just to our north and west did pick up some snowfall. I think weather forecasters did a great job predicting the snowfall although I know that a lot of snow lovers were disappointed here in Virginia Beach. You should read my Weather Fact on why it is very difficult to predict snowfall here in Hampton Roads. This weekend looks like it will be dry with seasonal temperatures. However, a very cold air mass is poised to drop southward from Canada into the United States. This will most likely be the coldest air of the season so far in many areas of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. It doesn’t look like we will see much precipitation for the next several days but there may be a snow flurry as the cold air pours into the region during the mid-week period. Areas of the Great Lakes States are getting ready for what could be a very significant lake effect snow event. The lake temperatures are a bit above normal which will add the necessary fuel and moisture to the lake effect snow machine.

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COOL AIR FROM THE OCEAN MAKING IT TOUGH FOR THE WARM AIR TO MOVE INTO HAMPTON ROADS… A FRONTAL SYSTEM SHOULD BRING SIGNIFICANT RAIN LATE MONDAY THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY… COOLER WEATHER WILL MOVE BACK IN

Cool air from the Atlantic made Saturday a dreary day with fog and some drizzle in places. The warm air should be able to make some progress today (Sunday) but it will be tough to dislodge the cool, marine air. Temperatures on Sunday were adjusted downward due to the persistence of the cool air from the ocean. Temperatures should still be above normal on Sunday. The thinking is that the warm air should win out at some point but not everyone will get into the warm sector. On Monday, a cold front will be approaching so rain chances will increase late in the day. Right now, forecasters are predicting a decent amount of rain should fall from late Monday through Wednesday morning. Once the front move through, temperatures will be closer to normal for this time of year. We should completely dry out by Thursday.

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