Last night we did have some snow fall during the evening. This was as the arctic cold front moved through the region. So some areas pickup up another half inch to an inch of snow. I’ve heard reports of a little more between the Peninsula and Middle Peninsula. N9w high pressure is building in from the west as cold air plunges down from the northwest.
Temperatures dropped down to the teens by the early morning.
The wind chills were in the single digits. A couple of readings were even negative. We’ll see a lot of sunshine today, but the wind will stay strong. It will be out of the west/northwest at 10-20mph with gusts up to 30mph. This will reinforce the cold air through the day. So highs will only be near 20. Tonight high pressure will settle into the region. Winds will very gradually taper off. We’ll see clear skies. Low temps will drop to the single digits. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen air that cold. In fact the record low for tomorrow morning is 13 (1896). Tomorrow through the day we won’t warm up much. We’ll only see highs in the upper teens. It will be sunny and a little breezy. Then we’ll be cold again Friday night into Saturday morning. The forecast low is near 10 in Norfolk. The record for that day is 11 (1896). Notice that these are long-standing records. I haven’t seen a lot of record lows broken in the last few years in our area. So this cold is for real.
By Saturday afternoon we’ll have southerly winds. So we’ll warm up to the upper 30s. Then on Sunday we’ll warm it up even more. We’ll see highs in the low/mid 50s. Rain is likely through the day. So we’ll finally see a lot of melting on Sunday. Another cold front will move through the region Sunday evening. We may see a few flurries on the backside of it into Monday morning, but that’s all I see for now. Highs will be in the 30s on Monday. On Tuesday there will be an area of low pressure offshore. It will move fairly close to our region. For now it looks like it will stay offshore as well as the precipitation, but stay tuned. It could get a little closer.
When you head out, then be sure to put on the proper gear. Take the hats, gloves, scarves, etc. Also it’s good to dress in layers. Not just one big puffy coat; but a shirt, a sweater, light jacket, and then the big coat. The layers help to trap the body heat closer to you. Air can get in under a big puffy coat by itself. Also be sure to drip the faucets. Even during the day. You may have gotten away with it recently, but now with the temps in the single digits we are dealing with possible pipe-busting temps. Bring in all pets. Even big dogs will have a tough time handling this cold. Finally, block the air from getting into your home. Put a rag or towel by the door jambs and cracks in your home. Close the drapes too, unless you are home during the day. Then you may let the sun it to help warm things up a bit. Close them at night though.
Stay warm and be safe out there. Watch out for icy roads in the neighborhoods this morning.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler