Messy travel weather ahead as most folks hit the roads for the Christmas holiday. I am tracking two storm systems that will impact Hampton Roads before Christmas Day. The first is a weak coastal storm that will bring rain to the region on Monday and the second, but stronger system, will bring rain and possibly a few thunderstorms on Wednesday. Lets talk about Monday first! Clouds will be on the increase after midnight as an area of low pressure offshore moves closer to us. As of right now, temperatures have dropped to the freezing mark in many locations due to mostly clear conditions and light winds. I think temperatures will rise after midnight as warmer air pushes in aloft and clouds thicken up across the region.
Keep in mind that if temperatures don’t rise above freezing across our inland cities (Ahoskie, Franklin, Suffolk, Wakefield) before the rain moves in, then we could see freezing rain develop. I think there is a low chance of this happening, but these inland spots typically get much colder overnight compared to other spots. We will monitor the temperatures closely.
Showers will develop anytime after 3 AM. Future Trak has showers moving through North Carolina and into Virginia by 7 AM. Temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 30s to around 40° at that time.
Rain is likely most of the day tomorrow, so don’t expect too many breaks in the rain. Rain becomes even more widespread by 12 PM.
Showers will continue through the afternoon and taper off Monday night. Rain totals should range between 0.5″ – 0.75″ during the day tomorrow.
We will be in between storm systems on Tuesday, but we will probably see fog and drizzle in the morning. Tuesday afternoon will be warmer with highs in the mid to upper 50s. A big warm-up is in store for Wednesday (Christmas Eve) as we track our second system across Hampton Roads. A warm front will move in during the morning and help boost temperatures into the upper 60s to around 70°. Rain will develop during the morning and last all day long and the rain could be heavy at times. If you are traveling across the region or anywhere along the East Coast, you are going to run into the rain and the wind. Luckily this is going to be a rain event and not a snow event for the East Coast, otherwise we would have even more travel delays.
With temperatures in the 60s and 70s and dew point readings in the 60s, we could see a few thunderstorms develop out ahead of a cold front Wednesday night. Right now, it looks like the rain will come to an end before 7 AM Christmas Day, but the timing may change a little bit over the next few days. Overall, we will see improving conditions Thursday afternoon with highs in the low to mid 50s. Stay tuned!
Winter began at 6:03 this evening. Starting tomorrow, the length of daylight will slowly increase.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona