Archive for January, 2019

AN ARCTIC BLAST IS ON ITS WAY… A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING RAIN TO THE REGION SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING… THE BITTER COLD WON’T LAST AS MILDER WEATHER MOVES IN NEXT WEEK

The weather map this Saturday morning features a developing low pressure system centered over Arkansas and an Arctic air mass that is pouring into the Northern Plains States. The low will move east-northeast and it will drag a warm front through our region later today and tonight. Temperatures are expected to actually rise tonight as the clouds thicken an rain arrives. Sunday morning will be quite mild and it will be very wet. The well advertised cold front will move through during the day Sunday dropping temperatures drastically. Winds will also increase out of the northwest. Precipitation should end before the cold air arrives so no significant snow is expected here in Hampton Roads. Also, the latest thinking is that most roads should dry out before the coldest air arrives later Sunday. However, any standing water will freeze Sunday night so be cautious of that if you are out and about. Since temperatures will be dropping to around 20 and possibly into the teens, you should take precautions for any pipes that are prone to freezing in your home or apartment. Monday will be a very blustery day with temperatures most likely staying below freezing. Monday night will be another very cold night as the Arctic high pressure system settles over the Mid-Atlantic States. Winds will also decrease Monday night. Moderation of the temperatures is expected on Tuesday afternoon. Another low pressure system is expected to bring wet weather later in the week.

This storm system will bring heavy snow and even some freezing rain on the northern side of its track as it heads into New England. The ice and snow accumulation on trees and power lines combined with strong winds may cause power outages up there. Severe weather is also possible across the Gulf Coast States and in portions of the Southeastern States.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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AN APPROACHING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS GOING TO BRING A SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TO PARTS OF VIRGINIA… MOSTLY RAIN IS EXPECTED IN HAMPTON ROADS

We here in Hampton Roads won’t see much (if any) sunshine this weekend as overrunning moisture from an approaching frontal system has already produced a solid deck of high to mid-level clouds. Saturday should be dry for the most part. However, rain will overspread the region tonight and it should be with us most of Sunday. Rainfall totals may be upwards of one inch. Sunday will be a day to just stay indoors and watch a movie, football, etc. Areas just to our north and west will see a mix of snow, sleet, and rain. Further to the northwest, a significant snowfall is likely. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for those areas that are expected to be impacted by snow tonight and tomorrow. It’s impossible to predict exactly where that boundary of accumulating snow will set up as models are not in full agreement. However, at this time, it seems that the most of South Side Hampton Roads will not see any significant snow accumulation. As you get up to the Williamsburg area, there may be some accumulation. The Richmond area and points north and west should get a significant snowfall. Check out my Weather Fact on the Weatherdudes website on why it is so difficult to predict snow here in Hampton Roads. It explains many of the factors involved. Winds out of the northeast will be quite strong as the low pressure approaches on Sunday. It is possible that precipitation ends as snow even across the southeastern cities Sunday night, but that is not a certainty. The low moves out to sea on Monday, and we will see improving conditions, although it will still be on the chilly side. Some moderation of temperatures is expected later in the week.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

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