Cold Air Edging OutJanuary 8th, 2014 at 8:03 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
We had some record cold in the area over the last 24 hours. Oddly though Norfolk International Airport did not break a record despite the cold blast of air. The record in Norfolk was 13 degrees yesterday and today. Yesterday the official low was 14 degrees. Today we dropped to 17, and then went back up. Elizabeth City did break a record yesterday. The low was 13. The old record there was 15 (1988). Also, Norfolk had a record cold Maximum. That is the coldest high temperature on record for that date (January 7th). The high temperature was 26. The old record was 28. It was cold enough to produce some great photos of icing. Here was one from Naval Station Norfolk:
Don Sippel sent this in, but gave credit to Jeff Meister. It was very cool (no pun intended) to see the water freeze on the railing. Another photo was sent in from Davis Rose in Courtland, VA:
The big difference between yesterday morning and this morning were the wind chills. Yesterday, winds were running out of the west at 10-20mph with gusts to 30mph. So the wind chills were in the negatives. Today the winds were calm up to 5mph. So the “feels like” temperatures were closer to the actual temperatures.
As we go into the afternoon we’ll have a lot of sunshine. Strong high pressure is in the region. High temperatures will be in the low/mid 30s with winds out of the southwest at 5-10mph. Most cities will be just above freezing, but some locations will rise to the mid 30s. It won’t be warm, but it will be better.
We’ll be dry tomorrow as the high hangs on. Highs will be in the 40s. Then we’ll pull in some even warmer temperatures on Friday along with a few showers. The chance for rain on Friday is 30%. Highs will be in the low 50s. By Saturday we’ll get a stronger southerly flow. This will allow temperatures to get into the 60s. However, the deeper moisture will also push in. So we’ll see a good chance for rain from late Saturday into Sunday.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler