Huge Crash In TemperaturesJanuary 6th, 2014 at 8:31 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Folks needed a set of extra hands today as they headed out the door. They needed to take an umbrella as well as the Winter gear even though it felt like Spring this morning. Temperatures started off in the 60s with a strong southerly wind.
The cold front was quickly moving in from central Virginia/North Carolina. We’ll be in the 40s by the midday and afternoon hours. Then temps will be in the upper 30s during the evening commute. Along with the warmth this morning we also saw scattered rain showers in the region with snow over the Appalachians.
The scattered showers will be here mostly during the morning, then we’ll dry out this afternoon behind the front. Winds will be out of the west at 15-20mph with gusts up to 30mph. There will even be a few gusts up to 35mph.
After a few flurries this evening, we’ll clear out tonight. Our temperatures will continue to drop. We’ll bottom out in the middle teens. That will be a drop of almost 50 degrees in some cities from this morning’s balmy weather. However, the winds won’t drop much overnight. So between the temperatures and the winds, the wind chills will be in the negatives. We haven’t seen wind chills in the negatives since 2004 according to the National Weather Service.
Winds will gust to 30mph out of the west tonight and tomorrow. We are expecting a lot of sunshine Tuesday, but the arctic airmass will be well into place across the region. So high temps will only be in the low/mid 20s. The average high for this time of year is in the upper 40s. We won’t get back to temperatures like that until Thursday. We will warm to the 50s next weekend, but there will be a chance for rain each day.
By the way…the record low for tonight is 13 (1884). We are aiming for about 15 degrees in Norfolk, but that will depend on the wind speed and direction. Inland locations will have no trouble getting down into the teens and perhaps even a few single digits. Then the record is 13 again Wednesday morning. It’s possible that we could get down to that, but that will depend on whether the winds can stay down. They may pick up a bit out of the south. Either way it will be cold. Time to bring in the pets, and drip the faucets overnight. Drip, but don’t run.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler