Cold Front Keeping Rain Chances Alive

July 28th, 2013 at 9:23 pm by under Weather

Well…it has been an active night for some of us and a quiet night for others. Scattered showers and storms managed to developed during peak heating hours this afternoon. Some areas saw some very heavy rain at times. Here are some rainfall totals so far.

Manteo: 0.89″
Virginia Beach: 0.46″
Suffolk: 0.12″

The sun managed to pop back out after the rain creating beautiful rainbows across the sky. Alexis C. sent us this double rainbow in Suffolk after the heavy rain.

Rainbow in Suffolk

Rainbow in Suffolk

As of 9PM, the cold front was still west of Richmond. This is going to be a slow moving cold front since the winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere are parallel to the front. Fronts will move much quicker when upper level winds are perpendicular to the front. The cold front will move through the metro area early Monday morning.

Cold Front Moving East

Cold Front Slowly Moving East

Showers and storms will continue to develop overnight since we are out ahead of the front, in a warm and moist air mass. Heavy rain will be the main threat with any shower or storm that develops overnight. A few showers will be possible tomorrow morning near the cold front. This is what our Future Trak model has at 7 AM with the cold front located across the heart of the Hampton Roads cities.

Future Trak at 7 AM

Future Trak at 7 AM

Keep in mind that if this front slows down, then we could see the rain continue into the early afternoon. Here is what Future Trak has at 5 PM.

Future Trak at 5 PM

Future Trak at 5 PM

The cold front will stall out across North Carolina. Therefore, we could still see a few showers/storms across North Carolina Monday afternoon. Winds will be blowing out of the north and northeast behind the front, which should usher in slightly drier air across SE Virginia. Areas across Virginia should remain dry Monday afternoon. Highs on Monday will be in the mid 80s.

Meteorologist: Tiffany Savona

 

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