Rainy & Cool Start to the Week

March 17th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by under Weather

What a difference a day makes?! High temperatures were about 20-30 degrees cooler today compared to what we saw yesterday (60s/70s).  A big difference from St. Patrick’s Day in 2012 when temperatures were in the 60s across Virginia and 70s in North Carolina.

Highs Today

Highs Temperatures Today (St. Patrick’s Day)

Correction: The actual high temperature in Norfolk was 46 degrees, not 45 degrees. There have been showers on and off throughout the day especially north of the metro. I captured this graphic at 8:10 PM.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

Rain showers should become more widespread overnight as a piece of energy provides more lift across Virginia and North Carolina. That means that the best chance of rain will be before sunrise tomorrow morning. So grab that umbrella before heading off to work and dress the kids in layers with a rain jacket.

Rain Chances Overnight

Rain Chances Overnight

There is a chance that sleet and snow may mix in with rain across the Northern Neck and Eastern Shore late tonight/early tomorrow morning. The lower levels are a little bit colder in these areas.  I have already received reports that sleet has been coming down along the Eastern Shore tonight. We are not expecting any accumulation since surface temperatures are expected to stay just above freezing.

Our Future Trak model has showers possible around the region at 7AM.

rak @ 7AM Monday Morning

Future Trak @ 7AM Monday Morning

The rain becomes more scattered during the afternoon hours and some of us may get a break in the action before a second round moves in from the west Monday night/Tuesday morning.

Future Trak @ 5 PM Monday

Future Trak @ 5 PM Monday

It will still be cool on Monday with highs in the lower 50s. Rainfall totals should average from 0.25-0.75 inches across Hampton Roads through Tuesday. The highest totals will likely be north of the Peninsula toward the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Eastern Shore. Some of these areas could pick up close to an inch of rain over the next 36 hours.

Forecast Rain Totals

Forecast Rainfall Totals Though Tuesday

We finally dry things out Tuesday afternoon after another cold front moves through the region. Spring begins on Wednesday, but it will not feel like Spring here in Hampton Roads, since highs will only be in the 40s and 50s. Stay warm and dry!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

 

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