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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