Turning Much Colder on Sunday!March 16th, 2013 at 9:21 pm by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
It was a rainy start to your Saturday, but the rain didn’t last for too long. The sun came out and with the help of our southwesterly winds, temperatures soared into the lower 70s for most areas. Check out these high temperatures recorded earlier this afternoon. Keep in mind that it was cooler across the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Eastern Shore where highs only reached the 50s and 60s. These areas saw rain on and off throughout the entire day which is why temperatures were much lower north of the Peninsula.
But you guessed it! The warm weather is not going to last for long. A cold front is currently moving from north to south across the state of Virginia. It should be in Hampton Roads around midnight tonight. A line of showers and thunderstorms managed to develop along this boundary as it moved closer to us this evening. Thunderstorms developed due to the warm air at the surface. Since these storms developed so close to sunset, there was not much instability to work with, therefore these storms quickly weakened. We were also lacking some moisture and most of the energy with this system passed well to our north. But we did have reports of some gusty winds as the rain pushed into the region. The National Weather Service in Wakefield received reports of trees that were knocked over and roof damage in Amelia County, west of Petersburg. The storms were more intense up that way.
Rain will be coming to an end over the next 1-2 hours as the cold front moves into the region.
Winds will increase out of the N/NE tonight at 10-15mph with 20mph gusts possible. Cooler air will move in and make for a much COLDER day tomorrow (St. Patrick’s Day). Get ready for a 20-25 degree temperature drop by tomorrow afternoon. Highs will only be in the mid/upper 40s!
It looks like we will start off dry on St. Patrick’s Day. Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the upper 30s/lower 40s. So if you are running in the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, I think you will stay dry, but bundle up! It will be cold out there with a chilly northeasterly breeze making it feel even colder.
A few showers begin to develop around noon and then more showers will be possible later in the afternoon. If you are headed to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Nags Head, be sure to bring the umbrella just in case. Don’t forget to bundle up too as high temperatures will only be in the upper 40s.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona