Weekend Dropoff!October 5th, 2012 at 8:26 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Big changes are coming to the region over the weekend. We will see some much colder air work into Hampton Roads. Today we will still be warm, but at least it will be a little drier and not as warm as yesterday. High pressure is in control so we’ll only have some high/thin clouds this afternoon. Winds will be out of the north at 5-10, then west late in the day.
Tonight will be mostly clear with mild temps, light winds, and probably some patchy fog again. Tomorrow the big cold front will make it to West Virginia and western Virginia. There will be showers along the front, but there won’t be too many out ahead of it. So Hampton Roads will only see increasing clouds along with highs in the mid 80s. Winds will be southwest at 10-15mph.
The front will finally move through tomorrow evening along with a few showers. The front will be well through the region by Sunday, but the moisture and an upper level trough will sit over our region. So it will be very chilly with scattered to occasional showers. Highs will be in the mid 60s, and some of the models are even showing some upper 50s to low 60s in the region. It isn’t Arctic air, but it will be a shock to the system.
We’ll stay cool on Monday with highs in the low 60s and lows in the 50s. Some of the models are showing the front stalling out offshore and letting a few showers linger. However, I think this cold air mass will have too much momentum to stop just south of here this time. So I’m not buying into showers on Monday just yet. I am buying into this very chilly air though. We could see some 40s by Tuesday morning.
In the tropics Nadine is no longer a tropical system. It is now a remnant low. It tied Ginger (1971) as the 2nd longest tropical storm in the Atlantic basin since record keeping began. It lasted for over 3 weeks, sometimes as a hurricane, but has finally gone to rest. Somebody play “Taps”.
Tropical Storm Oscar looks impressive on satellite until you realize that most of the storms are not over the center of the storm. The upper level wind shear is pushing the storms to the northeast. The National Hurricane Center thinks that it will dissipate by later today.
Have a good weekend!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler