Soggy TuesdayJanuary 14th, 2014 at 8:57 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
It was a pretty wet commute this morning. Luckily the rain wasn’t too heavy for most folks. We had a couple tenths of an inch fall since overnight. Scattered to occasional showers were still falling through the mid morning.
There were some downpours over the Outer Banks and parts of northeast North Carolina, but there were no thunderstorms. The area has a couple of weather systems that will affect it today. First off, there is a stationary front in the region.
We are on the warm side of the front. So temperatures started off in the 50s. There is a long cold front moving east through the Tennessee River Valley today. That system will push into our area late in the day. This will help to dry us out, but it won’t really cool things down until tonight. Rain is forecast to linger until at least 1pm.
The rain will end by the late afternoon, and we’ll start clearing out this evening. Behind the cold front tonight we’ll continue with the clearing, and temperatures will drop down to the upper 30s. Before it’s over we are expecting rain totals between a quarter to a half an inch. However, we could see up to an inch between Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks.
The ground is very saturated lately from all of the rain we’ve had. So far in January Norfolk has had 1.97″ of rain. This is 0.55″ above the average rainfall for the year. We finished December (2013) 1.49″ above the average. It’s been tough to dry things out lately.
After tonight we’ll see (mostly) dry conditions. There will be a large upper level trough that will sit over the eastern U.S. for a couple of days. Some smaller pockets of energy will swing around this trough and will attempt to bring us a couple of sprinkles or flurries between Wednesday night and Friday. Our Future Trak model does show snow tomorrow night over western Virginia. As that moves east it a lot of it will dry up. So we will probably only see a few flurries from that, but that’s about it.
Sorry snow lovers. Keep in mind over the next few days that there will be some precipitation very close to our region. It’s possible that a little cloud sneak in. So check back with us. At least there are no wild temperature swings on the horizon.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler