Jeremy and I have been getting mixed reports from across our area. Mostly inland locations are seeing ice on cars, trees, decks, and possibly on the roads/ground.
Radar @ 5:40am
That purple zone is mostly freezing rain and sleet. These areas have seen temperatures at or below the freezing mark all night. Our temperatures will start to warm up to the mid-30s by noon and highs will climb to the upper 30s this afternoon.
This first wave of precipitation will taper off this morning. We will still see scattered showers into the afternoon, but as our temperatures warm, we will get a break from the freezing rain.
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We will see plenty of sunshine this weekend, and eventually warmer temperatures. Today will be especially cold with the northwest winds at 10-15mph. Highs will struggle to make it to the 30s this afternoon.
High Pressure In Control
This area of high pressure will keep our temperatures on the chilly side today. Remember, to our north around D.C. and in West Virginia there is snow on the ground. That snow pack exists all the way to the North Pole. So anytime we get a north wind we will see chilly temperatures.
Tonight will be a good evening to drip the faucets across Hampton Roads. Lows will be in the teens inland and likely in the low-20s by the shores. Interior sinks/tubs that are not connected to an outside wall should be okay. Tomorrow afternoon will warm up to the 40s.
More Rain Is Coming Monday
We’ll see a few changes late on Sunday as more clouds move in from the southwest. By Monday morning rain will be likely for our area. I am expecting that we will see around 0.50″ of rain. No snow or ice is coming with this storm system. By the time it arrives, our temps will be in the 50s.
We could see freezing drizzle tonight as a weak front slowly moves to the north. The timing for this is mostly late tonight and early tomorrow morning around sunrise. Overnight our temperatures will generally stay in the 20s. We should see a slow increase to the 30s by tomorrow morning at 9am. The issue is that we could see drizzle develop and fall before this time.
Warming to the 30s Tomorrow Morning
Any precipitation that falls will likely freeze on contact which could cause slippery road conditions in the morning. Right now Future Trak is painting a picture with the precip arriving around 5am across North Carolina. This precip will then expand across the VA state line in the morning.
Wintry Precip Possible
I outlined the zone in the pink where we could see this freezing drizzle. Remember, even 0.01″ of accumulation can cause difficult driving conditions. Chief Meteorologist Don Slater will track the latest updates throughout the night.
Well, the warm and humid air has finally arrived in our area. Temperatures will climb to the 70-75 degree mark this afternoon. We won’t be able to get outside and enjoy much of it because we will see high chances for rain most of the day.
Future Trak @ 11am
Thunderstorms Possible This Evening
A few scattered strong thunderstorms may develop of a cold front moving across our area later today and tonight (After 3pm). These storms could bring heavy rain and damaging wind gusts. The storm prediction center still has our area in a marginal risk of storms for today.
Severe Threat Index
Heavy rain may come down at times, this could cause temporary flooding to small streams and low lying areas. Stay tuned this afternoon for updates if any watches or warnings are issued.
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I hope you haven’t packed away the shorts and sandals yet. We are just beginning to see the warmer air move in from the south. This warm air is coming from a large storm system in the Midwest which will bring us light rain today and thunderstorms tomorrow.
Light showers and cloudy skies are associated with warm fronts. We’ll see the majority of the rain this morning. Future Trak is still keeping us slightly wet this afternoon.
Afternoon Sprinkles/Showers Possible
Tonight the sprinkles/showers should taper off. Low temperatures will be around 57 degrees tonight, remember this is a strong warm pool of air moving in to the area, that should keep our temperatures mild and increasing tonight. By tomorrow morning we should have temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
Evening Thunderstorms Sunday
Future Trak isn’t picking up on the line of showers I am expecting to see tomorrow. That cold front will drop our temperatures from the 70s to the 40s by tomorrow night! Some of the thunderstorms may be strong. The Storm Prediction Center has parts of our area in a marginal risk for severe weather. We will keep an eye on it as we get closer.
After the front moves through our highs will be in the 40s for a couple of days, later next week another cold front will move through which will drop our highs to the 20s by Thursday!
The large storm system that brought snow to California and freezing rain to Texas is moving our way today. We could see a few sprinkles from this storm system today as it moves closer to the area.
Over the next few days that warm front is going to surge from the Gulf Of Mexico all the way past New York City. This will give us a blast of warmer temperatures by Sunday. Between then and now we will see some light rain. The best timing for rain will be tonight and tomorrow morning.
Future Trak @ 7am Saturday
It looks like Saturday afternoon should be dry. Temperatures will be near 52 tomorrow. On Sunday, some rain is possible in the morning. The heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely in the afternoon as a strong cold front moves in to our area. That front will drop the temperatures from the 70s to the 40s by Monday. Strong storms may develop ahead of that front.
We will see a few clouds this morning, giving way to sunshine into midday and this afternoon. Our temperatures will make a slow warm up to the low-40s today. Here is a fun fact, it was warmer in Alaska this morning than it is in Hampton Roads.
The reason this is happening is because of a large trough in the jetstream over the lower-48 brought the coldest air from Northern Canada down into our area. With the colder temperatures we will stay dry.
For the year we had over 50 inches of precipitation (Rain & melted snow) That is above normal for Hampton Roads.
We will see dry weather today and tomorrow with sunny skies. We will see more clouds by Friday. Then, temperatures will be in the 50s for highs.
We started this morning with a solid area of rain across our area. Temperatures will be in the low-40s for the remainder of the day. This area of rain is coming in from our southwest.
Rain All Morning
This rain is developing along a cold front which moved through earlier this morning.
Cold Front Cross Section
This is what a cold front really is, its a wedge of colder air. Yesterday we had highs in the 60s. Today that warm/moist air is rising above the wedge of colder air. That rising motion is the reason we are seeing rain across our area. As the front moves further to the south we’ll see the rain taper off this evening.
Scattered PM Showers
We’ll see more rain tonight, but the rain won’t be as heavy. Temperatures should drop to the 30s tonight. Tomorrow we could see more drizzle and light rain. There is a small chance for flurries tomorrow afternoon as the colder air keeps moving in from the north. These flurries are mostly likely to occur north of Gloucester. No accumulations are expected.
We will see an abundance of sunshine today along with warmer temperatures. Highs should be in the 50s to maybe 60s this afternoon.
Changing Weather Tomorrow
That area of rain and cloud cover in the Midwest will move closer to Hampton Roads tomorrow as a cold front moves into our area. Scattered showers are possible late morning and in the afternoon. Rain totals should be around 0.10″
A Few Showers Tomorrow
Temperatures should still be near 59 tomorrow with a southwest wind. On Monday more rain is likely as the cold front moves through. Another 0.50″ is expected. We will see more sunshine then by next week Wednesday.
A few of you may have gotten a new wetsuit or board for Christmas, here is the report for today.
The swell peaks tomorrow with 3ft waves and offshore winds.
A deck of stratus clouds have move across Hampton Roads this morning. We will likely stay overcast all day. These clouds are from a larger storm system in South Carolina. This area of low pressure is bringing rain to our south and snow out to our west.
Sat/Rad at 9 am
The snow to our west is going to run into dry and warmer air that is over us. We could see a few scattered showers/sprinkles this afternoon as it moves in.
Future Trak @ 2pm
You can see a few areas of green over Hampton Roads. Between Noon and 4pm sprinkles will be possible across Virginia. Around NE N. Carolina, you could see scattered showers during that same time frame. Our temperatures will be in the low-40s today. Tomorrow will be warmer with mostly sunny skies. Highs should be near 50 tomorrow.
I am expecting more rain on Monday (We will see around 1/2 inch) and then on Wednesday. We are still watching the model trends for Wednesday, at this point we will see only rain as our temperatures will be near 60 degrees.