Changing Weather PatternFebruary 17th, 2014 at 8:03 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Finally, we are expecting a warmup….Just not today. Many folks will be off for the holiday. There are also some kids who will go to school for a snow-day makeup. However, any kids that are off will probably be stuck inside. Today we’ll see lot’s of sunshine, but high temperatures will only be in the upper 30s. Lately, we have had a cold weather pattern across the eastern U.S.
While it has been colder than average here, they have had record heat over parts of Alaska and the western U.S. However, the weather pattern is about to change this week…starting tomorrow. While I was looking for some weather stories to show this, I did find one that may be a signal of the change. Although they have had recent heat in Alaska, they also just had some record cold. On Friday one part of Alaska broke the record all-time coldest wind chill on record. Here’s the story. Record Wind Chill
So perhaps things are beginning to change on a large scale. Starting tomorrow the jet stream will start to drift north, and some heat will be able to build in from the west:
Highs will be in the upper 30s to near 40 today, and then we’ll hit the upper 50s by tomorrow. Winds are northeast today, and they will be southwest tomorrow. During the transition there will be a small system that will skirt our region. This will produce a brief wintry mix overnight into tomorrow morning. The Rain/sleet/snow mix will be more towards Richmond up to D.C. That will be around midnight.
As this precipitation moves east it will hit slightly milder temperatures. So we’ll only see some scattered cold rain showers from about 2am until 8am. A few sleet pellets and snow flakes will try to mix-in, but surface temperatures will be above freezing. In fact, temperatures will try to warm up a bit overnight.
We’ll see highs in the 50s tomorrow, and then we’ll be batting highs in the low 60s Wednesday and Thursday. By Friday it is going to sizzle (relatively speaking). I put our high temperatures up to near 70. However, with the higher heat and humidity will also come a chance for thunderstorms. Remember the weather lore says that if you have thunder in Winter, then you will have a chance for snow in the next 10 days. We’ll see.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler