A MUCH MORE TRANQUIL WEATHER PATTERN EXISTS IN THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES THIS WEEKEND FOLLOWING THE INTENSE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT WREAKED HAVOC ACROSS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THIS PAST WEEK… A NICE WARM-UP IS IN STORE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE WEEKEND

In our part of the country, tornadoes are quite rare for February. However, a very deep low pressure system that brought up very warm and moist air from the south combined with very strong upper-level winds created ideal conditions for the development of severe storms. Wind Shear also created the conditions to cause spin in the atmosphere that ultimately helped to produce the tornadoes. Tornado season does begin in February, but it starts in the Gulf Coast states and slowly works its way northward as we head through spring and early summer. On average, our best chances of seeing a tornado are in the summer… Weather conditions are much calmer today (Saturday) as high pressure builds in from the southwest. Winds will be light today but it will be on the chilly side. A warm-up is on the way for your Sunday and will last into early next week. A frontal system that is expected to approach the region by mid-week is expected to bring us a chance of showers and possibly even a thunderstorm. At this point, it is not known whether severe weather will be possible with this system here in Hampton Roads, so please monitor the local media and NWS forecasts as it gets closer to this event.

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