Groundhog Day, Rainy & Cooler For MondayFebruary 2nd, 2014 at 9:01 pm by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
This year, Super Bowl Sunday and Groundhog Day fell on the same day. Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow this morning and saw his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. This means we have 6 more weeks of winter. Our own local groundhog, named Chesapeake Chuck, drew a big crowd this afternoon at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler was there when Chesapeake Chuck saw his own shadow…which means 6 more weeks of winter.
Check out the photos of the ceremony at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News earlier this afternoon. Either way, spring officially begins March 20th which is about 6-7 weeks away.
Almost all of the snow has melted due to the warmer weather we have seen this weekend. Check out the highs recorded this afternoon.
If there is any snow out there tonight, it will definitely melt away tomorrow with the rain moving into the region. No rain expected tonight as the cold front remains off to our west. But we may see areas of patchy fog develop overnight with all of the moisture around and light winds.
The area of low pressure will slow down the speed of the front tonight. So even though the front is east of Roanoke, it won’t make it into most of the Hampton Roads cities until after sunrise tomorrow. Our Future Trak computer model has a few showers to our north and west by 7 AM.
I think most of the morning commute should be rain-free, at least for most of us. Rain starts to increase in coverage after 7 AM and should be fairly widespread by lunch time. Notice the blue and pink colors (snow and mix) stay well to the north of us. This is just going to be a rain event for us here in Hampton Roads.
Showers will taper off from west to east during the afternoon. There may be a few lingering showers around 5 PM across North Carolina, but most areas should be dry by then.
Temperatures will be falling throughout the day. Expect highs in the mid 40s, but we should reach our high temperature around midday. Temperatures will then fall into the upper 30s by the late afternoon hours. The wind will also pick up out of the north once the front moves through the area. Wind gusts could reach 30mph. Rainfall totals should range anywhere between 0.25-0.75 of an inch. The cooler weather will stay with us on Tuesday with highs only in the low to mid 40s.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona