Out With The Storms, In With Wintry WeatherJanuary 31st, 2013 at 8:16 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
A powerful line of storms moved through last night waking up many folks with the sound of gushing winds and heavy rain. The line of storms moved through between midnight and about 3am this morning.
Some of the wind gusts were very impressive. We had a gust to 75mph at Langley Air Force Base according to the National Weather Service’s website. There was a gust to 66mph at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach. Norfolk International Airport had a gust to 61mph. There were gusts to 49mph in Newport News and Elizabeth City. I’ve heard second-hand of trees and power lines down, but I haven’t actually seen a lot of the reports. The quick moving line put down about a half inch of rain before it pushed out. That batch was along the first cold front, but a second cold front moved through in the mid morning hours and brought another weaker line of showers and gusty winds. Winds this morning were still gusting to near 40mph through the 8am hour.
Winds will steadily taper off this afternoon, but it will take a while. Temperatures are expected to drop a bit to the upper 40s, but it’s possible that we pop back up to the low 50s for a bit with some sunshine along with the westerly winds. Tonight the winds will taper off even more. Skies will be clear for a while. So low temperatures will drop to the upper 20s to low 30s.
Tomorrow morning looks interesting. A sharp upper level trough is expected to move through with a little moisture. So we have a chance at some scattered flurries and/or light snow showers. Our model Future Trak is showing this between about 7 am and 10am.
No model is suggesting anything heavy. We could see a dusting in a few cities, but that would be about all. The worst case scenario is that the snow is just a little heavier and starts up during the busier part of the morning rush-hour. Then we could see some problems. I’m optimistic for now, but stay tuned. We’ll be dry for Saturday and cool with highs in the 40s. On Sunday another system will try to affect our region. We could see a brief Wintry mix again depending on the timing of the precip. That one also doesn’t look like much, but it will have to be monitored in future updates.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler