THE WEATHER PATTERN REMAINS QUITE ACTIVE… CLOUDS DOMINATE THE SKIES ON SATURDAY AS A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPS OFF THE CAROLINA COAST… IT’S A VERY CHALLENGING FORECAST FOR NEXT WEEK

Sunshine has been quite rare this past week. Yesterday (Friday), we saw the most sunshine than we saw in quite a while. We’ve been in a very active weather pattern resulting in above normal precipitation and it’s been quite chilly. The only good news is that today (Saturday) the chance of rain has decreased somewhat as the heaviest rainfall should stay just south of Hampton Roads. Low pressure is developing to our south along the coastal Carolinas and it will intensify as it moves northeast today and tonight. Areas to our north and west may actually get a little snowfall today from another disturbance that is weakening. Sunday should be a decent day for this time of year with temperatures near normal. Some sunshine is expected. Then the forecast gets real tricky. We should see a couple of opportunities for precipitation next week and there is a chance that it could be snow or sleet in some areas. Right now, weather forecasters are not getting too specific with the extended forecast as the models are in disagreement with their solutions. Stay tuned! Parts of the West Coast are finally getting some desperately needed rainfall (with snow in the higher elevations). It’s not going to put much of a dent in the extreme drought but any moisture is welcome. Once winter is over, the chances of precipitation drop off in California so they only have several weeks left to catch up. The northern part of the state has the best chance of seeing any precipitation. Maybe there will be an El Nino next winter which would normally bring more precipitation to California. That is a possibility. That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!

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