Here We Go Again!February 25th, 2013 at 8:16 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
The song “Here I go again“… from Whitesnake pops into mind when I start this blog today. Although the song has a different theme overall, we are looking at an almost exact repeat of this last weekend’s weather. Cold & dry then warm & wet then dry & mild. So today we are starting with fair skies in the region as high pressure dominates.
A cold front moved through yesterday and picked up the winds in the evening out of the north. Today those northerly winds will still be going though not quite as strong (10-15mph with gusts to 20 near the shore).
Through the day we’ll continue with fair skies and highs will be in the mid-upper 40s.
Tonight clouds will thicken up. We’ll see lows in the mid 30s. Then tomorrow a warm front will lift up from the south. So once again we will warm up, but rain and moisture will move up as well. So we will see a chance for rain by the midday hours if not a little sooner.
The warm front will lift through our region during the day tomorrow. The main area of low pressure will stay in the Midwest causing another round of heavy snow and wintry mess up that way. Locally the winds will be very strong out of the south with gusts up to 35mph. That will be the transport for the warmth and moisture. The warm front is just the boundary between the different air masses.
Now it looks like a cold front will move through the region. However, this is one of those magical cold fronts that allow for warming to happen behind it. Huh? When you see areas of low pressure that move from southwest to northeast as in the above maps, then the cold air doesn’t get much of a southerly push. So we get the drying, but not the cooling. Also the winds in that case become more out of the west or southwest. These are typically warming winds for Hampton Roads. So basically Wednesday will be nice behind the wanna-be cold front. We’ll be partly sunny with highs near 60.
Colder weather will snake its way down to Hampton Roads. High temperatures will cool to the 40s by Friday, and are forecast to stay in the 40s through next weekend.
Tomorrow I’ll talk a little more about how much rain the region has had and compare it to the average.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler