First Day Of SpringMarch 20th, 2014 at 8:49 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Well, it’s the first day of Spring in Hampton Roads, and we’ll actually feel like Spring today. So the timing for our little warmup is spot on. Never mind that we may see some snow next week. More on that in a moment. First I’ll cover the short-term.
Today is an easy forecast. High pressure is building in from the west. We started with clouds, but the high will push those to the east and break them up this morning.
Westerly winds will also help to dry things out today. They will run at 10-15mph. This will help out a lot of those back yards that still have standing water from recent rains. High temperatures will rise to the low/mid 60s. It really will be a great afternoon. Remember the Vernal Equinox is an astronomical event. The sun moves north and south of the equator during the year, and in that context it will be directly over the equator today. That will happen at approximately 12:57 pm EDT. Here is a link with more info: Vernal Equinox.
We’ll have dry/quiet weather tomorrow with highs back in the low 60s. Temps will warm up on Saturday to the 70s with fair skies. YES!!!! However, by Sunday a strong cold will plow through the region. This will drop the high temps back to the upper 40s. As the system wraps up, it could even try to change over to a few flurries or snow showers before ending Monday morning. This huge surge of cold air will be pretty rare for the eastern U.S. Temps in the Midwest will likely be in the teens and 20s. We’re talking 20-30 degrees below average. The forecast gets very interesting on Tuesday. As the cold air mass sits over us for a couple of days, an area of low pressure will form along the coast. Sound familiar? The low is expected to move up along the coast during the day Tuesday. A couple of the long-range computer models do show snow in the region from that system. In fact, they show quite a bit of snow in some inland areas. They show more of a mix near the coast. We have to keep in mind that it is March. The sun is at a higher sun angle. So as we get closer to next week, the forecast may warm up a bit. Also the track of the low could change. So don’t go buy bread and milk just yet, but definitely monitor for updates.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler