Spring officially began Friday night…so it should be getting warmer right?! Well, not yet! Don’t put away all of your winter clothes, because the unseasonably cooler weather is going to stick around for a few days. The reason…the weather pattern. There has been a dip in the jet stream across the Eastern half of the U.S., which correlates to temperatures below average. We will eventually see a warm-up by the middle of the week, but it will be extremely short-lived.
The clouds will move back in overnight and the northeasterly winds will pick up in speed as a storm system passes to our south. Most of the rain will stay to our south, but we can’t rule out the chance for a few showers moving across the Outer Banks tonight/early Monday morning.
Rain chances are small because we are very dry at the surface, but some of the hi-resolution computer models have some light rain developing from Kill Devil Hills down to Hatteras Island early Monday morning. Temperatures will only drop into the upper 30s and lower 40s by Monday morning with the increase in cloud cover. As that large storm system to our south moves offshore, the clouds will clear out from north to south across Hampton Roads Monday afternoon. It will stay cool with highs in the low/mid 40s along the coast with upper 40s inland.
A gradual warm-up is expected as we wait for our next cold front front to arrive.
Thursday will be the warmest day of the week, but you won’t be able to enjoy it because showers will develop along a cold front that afternoon. We may even see an isolated thunderstorm. Then it’s back to the cooler weather Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Highs this upcoming weekend will only be in the 40s! Right now, the computer models are hinting at the possibility of an area of low pressure developing along the front Friday into Saturday. If this pans out, then the rain will continue Friday and Saturday as well. Stay tuned for updates!
One last side note…a lot of folks have been wondering if we are frost free? My answer to that is no, not yet. I know many of you want to get outside and start planting in your garden. There is still a chance temperatures could drop to 32° this week, so some of your sensitive plants could be damaged if planted too early. Here is a map that shows the average date of the last frost across Virginia and North Carolina.
Remember these dates are just averages. That means we could see frost and freezing temperatures after these dates too.
Have a great week!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona