Archive for January 31, 2015

THE WINDS WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH AS HIGH PRESSURE MOVES INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES… AFTER A VERY COLD SATURDAY, MILDER AIR MOVES INTO THE REGION ON SUNDAY… A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING RAIN TO OUR REGION SUNDAY NIGHT AND EARLY MONDAY

The pressure gradient between high pressure to our west and a departing low pressure system to our northeast has been creating strong winds across Hampton Roads. As the high pressure area moves closer today (Saturday), the winds will diminish, but temperatures are expected to be much below normal despite abundant sunshine. A low pressure system will be organizing to our west on Sunday and it will spread cloudiness into our part of the country. The clouds will slowly lower and thicken and by Sunday night, we should see some rain move in. Luckily, (or unluckily if you are a snow lover), milder air will be moving into the region from the southwest. This will ensure that precipitation will be in the liquid form across Hampton Roads. The rain will end on Monday and temperatures are expected to drop later in the day. According to weather forecasters, there is only a very slight chance of a snow flurry as the precipitation ends on Monday, but odds are precipitation will end long before it is cold enough to produce snow here locally. Up north, it’s a totally different story, so if you are traveling up to states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, or New York, you should check the forecasts up there as snow is expected. It probably won’t be a blizzard but significant snowfall is expected in some parts of the Mid-West and Northeast on Monday… Speaking of blizzards, you may have heard that a meteorologist in the Mount Holly, NJ National Weather Service office tweeted an apology to cities and towns in areas of PA, NJ, and NY that did not get the predicted blizzard earlier this week. There were basically two reasons that the heavy accumulations of snow missed areas such as Philadelphia, most of NJ, and NYC. The storm system was more compact than expected and it tracked a bit further east than models predicted. New England and Long Island received the brunt of the storm with heavy drifting snow measured in feet, strong winds, and tidal flooding. You probably saw the pictures of damaged homes along the coast of MA that were covered in ice… Now, back to our weather… On Tuesday, it will be very chilly again but it should be dry. Another system may affect us later in the week, but there is currently a lot of uncertainty with that system. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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