Stormy, Then Much Cooler!April 18th, 2013 at 9:09 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Temperatures have been warm for days now. Weren’t we just hoping and praying for warmer temperatures just 2 or 3 weeks ago. Guess we got what we asked for. There will be a big change going into the weekend. Yesterday a weak cool front moved into the region late in the day. Before it came through temperatures ratcheted up into the mid 80s in many locations. Clouds were expected to move in along with some scattered showers. The clouds did increase, but the showers were very isolated. Today we will warm up as the stationary front turns into a warm front and lifts north. The rain will go along with it.
Originally, it looked like the front wouldn’t move north that quickly. So some of the area was supposed to be a little cooler today. Now, however, it looks like the front will move quick enough to allow for some strong warming. So highs will probably be in the low/mid 80s with 70s near the shore. Perhaps a few upper 80s inland.
Tonight a stray shower will be possible as high humidity pushes in from the south. Tomorrow a few pop-up showers and storms will happen in the afternoon, but the higher chance for rain will come in the overnight. Winds tomorrow will be southerly at 15-20mph and gusts will get up to 30mph. This will boost the highs into the low-mid 80s with some upper 80s possible inland and south.
The front will make it to the central parts of Virginia & North Carolina, but again it won’t arrive until the nighttime. Our model (FutureTrak) does show a few of the showers & storms popping up by 3pm ahead of the front.
The models generally agree on the timing of this system…A few pop-up showers and storms from about 3pm until 10pm. Then a line of showers and storms moves through the region until about 3-4am.
Once the front comes through after midnight, then the thunderstorms should turn into a line of windy showers. Winds will turn out of the northwest at that point. We are looking at about a half inch to an inch of rain with a couple of bands setting up and trying to produce more than an inch and a half.
The rain should taper off in the mid-morning. We should dry out quite a bit by midday. We should all dry out by Saturday afternoon. Highs will be in the low 60s on Saturday. By Sunday high pressure will build into the region, but it will be a cooler air mass. So highs will be near 60 with mostly sunny skies. We’ll warm up by the middle of next week. We’ll see a few showers from time-to-time in the next seven days.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler