Plenty to talk about in the weather blog today. I’ve got a few things to share with you. First off….Lots of folks have been asking me if they can put out their potted plants. It is about that time of year. The average last freeze for our region is from March 20th through April 1st.
Notice that James City County up into the Middle Peninsula, and Northern Neck have a later date as they are farther north or inland. It has been such a warm Winter that I think most folks will be safe. I doubt we’ll see another freeze. However, it is still possible to see a light frost yet. This could happen up until the first week of April. So if you have some very fragile plants, then you should probably hold off until then. Overall though I think we’ll be ok.
Now on to the forecast. Today high pressure will build in a little stronger. We’ll have some upper level ridging in the jetstream along with slightly drier air moving into the region. So expect fair skies today with only a stray shower or storm possible. It will really warm up. Highs will be in the low/mid 80s. Even in the metro. Today’s record high is 90 set back in 1907 when I guess a strong heat wave occurred according to the National Weather Service. The average high is 60 degrees.
The line of showers and storms along the Mississippi River Valley will stay west today. It will move east tomorrow out ahead of the cold front and an upper level low. Tomorrow the models show a fairly quiet morning with only a few isolated showers. Rain chances will increase into the afternoon with strong storms moving in during the day.
Up until yesterday it looked like the rain would be almost non-stop from Saturday afternoon through Sunday night. Now it looks like there will be periods of showers and storms with some breaks expected both Saturday and Sunday morning. At least that’s how it looks at this time. Stay tuned for tweaks and updates. The showers will continue into Early Monday. Temperatures will still be warm tomorrow ( upper 70s) with southerly flow, but the temperatures will cool a bit (low 70s) on Sunday. Highs will then be in the low/mid 60s Monday and Tuesday. I like the warm temperatures, but it’s a little early to see several days in a row of 80s.
Finally, I thought I’d throw in my annual “Tips To Beat Allergies” blog. I along with many others, I suffer from seasonal allergies. So here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. You can stay indoors and close the windows, but some houses have been heating up lately. You may actually need to run your air conditioner. It is good to run your A.C. because it has a filter. There are different types of filters that you can purchase to take out more and more particles out of the air. If you don’t need the cool air, then you can run your fan on the A.C. unit. It will still filter the indoor air. You can also purchase an air filter unit. Some folks have had luck with this, but I have not. They range in price, but I’d check out the reviews on the product before buying.
2. Wash your bedding and your clothing often. Even if you keep your house closed up, you will still get pollen in your house. It will also get on your clothing while outside. so wash your items accordingly.
3. Clean your house. It’s good to vacuum and dust your home often. The pollen will settle on all of your surfaces along with dust. This can easily get kicked up and get into the air. So clean, clean, clean. You can sweep your sidewalk. Even wash it. But the pollen will return in a short period of time. So your efforts may be futile.
4. There are many medications to take for allergies. Many of them are now over the counter. They range from antihistamine eye drops all the way to allergy shots from the doctor. Be careful though. Some of those medications can make you very drousy. If you will be driving then you should wait to try a new medication.
5. Some foods can also mimic allergens. Some fruits, cheeses, and even teas can worsen allergy symptoms. Even if you aren’t allergic to the food, some of them can promote histamines. Here is an article with more details: Allergies/foods.
6. If your symptoms are bad and prolonged, then you should see a doctor. You can get tested to see what you are allergic to. However, you will likely have to get many little shots/pin pricks for the test. I got it done. Not super painful, but definitely not comfortable. It was good to know what I am really allergic to.
7. You may have pet allergies that are mild and don’t show up through the year. However, it could add to your outdoor allergies during the Spring season. So you may have to keep a little distance from them during the worst allergy days.
8. Your vehicle is another place where allergies can accumulate. You can keep the windows closed and run the A.C. in there as well. If you are really aggressive, then you can change the air filter in your car/truck about halfway through the allergy season.
9. There are many products for folks with allergies like special pillows and bedding. Some people swear by them. I haven’t used them much, but many people do use them.
10. Lastly, some people swear that taking a teaspoonful of local honey gets rid of allergies. I started taking some over a month ago, and I think it has helped my allergies a bit. My symptoms are more occasional this year compared to the last few. It might be a little late for you now, but it’s something to think about for next year.
I hope some of these tips help. Have a great weekend everybody.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler