Cool & Dry…For Now

April 6th, 2014 at 8:33 am by under Weather

We started off today with cool temps and sunshine.  Lows were in the 30s by West Point and Richmond, but it was in the 40s elsewhere.  We were much cooler due to the cold front that brushed through here on Saturday.  Today the front is well to the south.  We saw more clouds to the south as well.  High pressure was building in.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

We’ll stay dry today, but northeasterly winds will keep it cool with highs in the low/mid 50s.  Clouds will push back from the south later today.  So we’ll go from mostly sunny to partly cloudy through the day in southeast Virginia.  By late tonight some of the moisture will push up from the south.  We could see a few showers before sunrise tomorrow.  Then through the day rain will be on and off.  We could even see a few thunderstorms during the afternoon.

Future Trak (Noon Monday)

Future Trak (Noon Monday)

Rain will continue not only into Monday night, but now it looks to stretch through midday Tuesday.  With that in mind, I’m surprised that the forecast rain totals aren’t higher.  Overall it looks like we’ll see about a half an inch.  Some locations could see closer to an inch.

Forecast Rain Totals

Forecast Rain Totals

At least it will be in the 60s both tomorrow and Tuesday.  We will cool down and dry out for Wednesday.  Highs in the low/mid 50s.  Then we’ll rise back up to the 609s on Thursday and 70s by Friday.

2 things to note before I go.  First, many folks are planting flowers in the yard and garden.  You may want to wait just a bit longer.  We had some mid 30s this morning over some northern parts of the viewing area.  We could easily see one more frost over the next couple of weeks.  Especially since this has been a colder year so far.  If you do plant, then be ready to cover them up if a frost does arrive.

Second, the pollen has really increased over the past 2-3 days.  It’s due to the warmer soil temperatures and the natural tree cycle.  The grass will start pollinating soon as well.  So expect the pollen to really increase over the next 3-4 days.  It will be down a bit today with the offshore breeze and tomorrow and Tuesday due to the rain.  But it will be back up by next Wednesday.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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