We had a typical Winter morning across Hampton Roads. Even though it doesn’t officially become Winter until December 21st. Temperatures started in the 20s and 30s and skies were clear. There was a light breeze out of the southwest that kept the temperatures from crashing overnight. Today that same light breeze will combine with lots of sunshine to warm things up into the mid-upper 40s. High pressure is in control for now.
The area of low pressure to the west will move into the Tennessee river valley tonight. Ahead of it the temperatures will increase as well as the moisture. In fact by tomorrow morning there will be enough moisture in the mid levels to produce mostly cloudy skies and a few scattered showers.
The lower levels should be pretty dry though. So a lot of the first precip should dry up before it hits the ground (virga). I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few sleet pellets mixing-in here and there, but most of that should be northwest of us. As the day wears on, the rain will increase across the region:
We are looking at about an inch of rain for the region. The heart of the system won’t move through here. However, it will cause a mess in the Northeast and Midwest states. A large band of snow will set up from Illinois to New York state while we have a soggy day in Virginia and North Carolina.
Overall we are expecting about a half inch to an inch of rain in our region. We got caught up on rain recently. So we are up 0.7″ for the month in Norfolk. We are still down 1.67″ below average rainfall for the year.
The rain on Saturday will be affecting Christmas parades in Suffolk and Hampton. Stay tuned for updates on the schedules.
The good news is that the models have dried up the forecast for Sunday. So at this time it looks like Sunday will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 40s. You’ll be able to get out and do some shopping or decorating if you need to. We’ll stay dry though the middle of next week. Highs will get back to the 50s by Tuesday.
By the way…It is still too early to give the forecast for Christmas. (I’ve had a lot of requests and queries). Please check back with me next week.
Have a good weekend.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler