It’s a rough go this morning. Whether you’re a commuter or a traveler , you are going to have to take it slow today. We’ve had widespread rain since the overnight.
The rain has been heavy at times. So far we’ve picked up about a half inch to an inch. The rain is continuing to add up. The reason we have this rain is due to an area of low pressure that is creeping north along a stationary front. This is happening offshore. The system is becoming a weak nor’easter.
There is a lot of moisture being thrown back to the west. This moist air mass is hitting a colder air mass to our west. This is creating snow showers over the Appalachians already. Snow will be a problem for folks traveling to the west or the north. Anyone crossing the regional mountains will have to be very careful today. Winter storm warnings affect a large area. Some locations will see 3-6″.
Winter Storm Warnings/Advisories
Our local area will be too warm for snow today, but the rain will plague anyone driving across the region.
Actually along the entire east coast there will be problems with travel. There will also be some snow showers from Minneapolis down to St. Louis.
The southwestern U.S. is the place to be today.
U.S. Travel Today
Fur us, the rain will be widespread through the mid afternoon. Between 3-5pm the showers will become more scattered. We aren’t expecting thunderstorms, but we will likely see 2-3″ of rain.
Forecast Rain Totals
Ponding on roads will be very common as well as some localized flooding. This will especially be a problem around tidal areas. While the tidal flooding isn’t expected to be too bad (mostly nuisance), the problem is a newly common one. When the tide comes up during big rain events, the rain doesn’t drain very well. So you get minor tidal flooding even when nuisance is forecast. This will mostly be along the southern Chesapeake Bay. Here is the tidal forecast for Sewell’s Point.
This tidal rise of about 1-1.5 ft above normal will come around the midday hours.
Rain will finally come to an end by this evening. Unfortunately, another system will impact the area tomorrow. The nor’easter will be long gone, but a weak upper level disturbance and a small push of colder air will move into the region. Scattered rain showers are expected from the late morning through the mid afternoon.
Future Trak (Noon Tomorrow)
The precipitation should be light. Keep in mind that it will be below freezing up just a couple thousand feet while temps will be in the low-mid 40s at the surface. So I would expect some wet snowflakes and sleet pellets mixing in with the light rain showers. Nothing should stick though as the surface will be too warm. We should dry up by the time we get to Thanksgiving dinner.
After that we’ll have a nice dry period. It will be cold and dry for Black Friday. Lows will be in the 30s and highs in the 40s. Then we’ll warm up for the weekend. Highs will be in the 50s on Saturday and 60s on Sunday. At least folks that are traveling will have some nice weather this weekend. It will be nice for shopping and decorating as well.
Good luck in your travels out there. Try to allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Also, check your flights and your routes.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler