Wintry Mix Hangs OnMarch 18th, 2014 at 8:34 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Like a toddler at a toy store…Old Man Winter just does not want to leave. Since last night we have had freezing rain and sleet in our inland and northern locations. This has caused problems with iciness on the roads and sidewalks from Sussex county through James City and Gloucester counties up to the Northern Neck. Luckily temperatures in the metro and along the coast were in the mid-upper 30s. So it was just rainy there.
So far we’ve had about a quarter inch of rain. Some places a bit more. The reason for this continuing wet weather is a second area of low pressure which has formed to our south. That and some overrunning moisture has allowed the precipitation to continue. Luckily today’s low will be farther away, and high pressure will try to build in from the west.
So while the precipitation will become much more scattered, it will unfortunately try to continue through the afternoon. At least high temperatures are expected to warm up today into the mid 40s. So that’s a plus. The winds will still be up out of the northeast. Winds will gust between 30-35mph near the shore. 25mph inland. We could see some nuisance tidal flooding around the mid morning, but no problems are expected.
Tonight we’ll still have a lot of clouds as the high won’t build in too strong. We may catch a stray shower. Lows will be near 40. Then tomorrow we’ll have mostly cloudy skies. A stray shower may sneak in again, but the chance is low. The good news about Wednesday is that high temperatures will rise to the upper 50s. Yes! We’ll stay warm/mild Thursday through Saturday. Highs will be in the 50s and 60s. Then…we’ll have another big cool down Sunday into early next week. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get another shot at a wintry mix in the region.
The Vernal equinox is at 12:57pm on Thursday. So Friday will be the first FULL day of Spring. Course that rarely means much in terms of weather here in Hampton Roads. Half the time temps are either way above or way below the average during this time of year.
One thing that could be impacted by the recent cold and snow is the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. They’ve had a lot of snow up there recently, but luckily they are expecting a warmup over the next couple of days. So a lot of that will melt.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler