AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE HAMPTON ROADS REGION SATURDAY NIGHT… HIGH WINDS AND VERY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL MAKE SUNDAY MISERABLE FOR ANYONE GOING OUTDOORS… A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP NEAR THE GULF COAST MAY BRING SNOW TO PARTS OF VIRGINIA ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

If you need to do anything outdoors this weekend, I recommend doing it on Saturday. As the headline states, an Arctic cold front will be sweeping through Southeastern Virginia Saturday night ushering in a blast of cold air. There may be some rain and snow showers Saturday evening bringing possibly a coating of snow to mostly grassy surfaces. It is expected to be similar to what we saw last Thursday evening. It will be a quick mover so significant snow accumulations aren’t likely. On Sunday, temperatures are expected to remain in the twenties and winds will be very strong and gusty. Low temperatures on Monday morning are expected to be in the low to mid-teens. The current upper-level wind configuration across North America is causing these brutally cold air masses to plunge into the Eastern U.S. What about the chances of snow? Up until now, every time a low pressure system approached our region this winter season, temperatures have risen above freezing resulting in rain. Most times when a low pressure system passes to our north or west, we get mainly rain. When the storm track brings low pressure systems to our south and east, snow is possible in certain situations. Recent changes in the pattern over the past few days make the next storm system a lot more interesting. A low pressure system is expected to take shape near the Gulf Coast on Monday. This system is expected to track northeast on a track that should take it along the North Carolina Coast. That type of track could bring significant snow to parts of Virginia so stay tuned. There is some disagreement in the current computer models regard the track of this storm and how much cold air will be around on Tuesday and Wednesday. If the low pressure system is able to bring in milder air from off the ocean, then we will see mostly rain here in Hampton Roads. Even so, some snow could fall either at the precipitation’s onset or when the low pressure system is pulling away to our north and east…. Speaking of snow, Eastern New England, which has been hit hard this winter, is expecting yet another major snowstorm this weekend as a storm system intensifies rapidly off the coast. High winds will be a major issue for them which could result in power outages up there. This is the same system that will bring the strong winds to our region on Saturday night and Sunday. I’m going to try to post an update on Monday. That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!

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