Enjoy it while you can. We are going to have one more warm day, and then it will get much cooler around here. This morning we started so warm that I heard birds chirping at 3:30 in the morning. It was nice. This time of year is very nice for several reasons. When it warms up you still don’t get the high humidity, and the insects still aren’t out in full force. Also, it’s still a little early for the pollen to come out. Plus, you can get away without running the A.C. or heat for a couple of weeks. Longer if the weather cooperates.
So yes… We are looking at a nice warm St. Patrick’s Day. With a mix of sun and clouds and a southwest breeze at 10-15mph we’ll warm temps up to the upper 70s. There will be a few 80s inland, but it will still be cooler near the shore. (60s/70s). The breeze should be enough to push back any sea breeze.
There is a cold front to our north. It will try to move in during the evening. This may kick off a stray shower, but the odds are low. We’ll be mostly dry over the next 48 hours. Tomorrow the cold front will drop as far south as South Carolina. We’ll be cold and dry behind it.
Winds will run out of the north at 10-20mph. So highs will only be in the upper 40s. That will be about a 30 degree drop in temps in a 24 hour period. By Wednesday night low temperatures will drop back to the low 30s. This is important as many plants and flowers are starting to bud and maybe even bloom. So we may have to start protecting the sensitive plants with these cold shots over the next couple of weeks.
On Thursday an area of low pressure will move into the region. It will run into a pretty chilly airmass. Now it will be too warm here for snow, but a wintry mix of sleet and snow will be possible over parts of central and northern Virginia. Again, this is on Thursday. It would likely melt, but keep it in mind if you are traveling or commuting. Locally we’ll see rain showers on and off from late Thursday into Friday. Highs will be in the 40s on Thursday and near 50 on Friday. The low will push out by Friday evening. High pressure will settle in for the weekend. However, we will get another surge of cooler air Sunday into Monday. It might be a while before we see a long stretch of warm weather.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler