As expected, we were about 20-30 degrees cooler today as highs only reached the upper 40s and lower 50s across the region. Winter has returned and will not loosen its grip on Hampton Roads for at least the next 7 days. Temperatures are going to stay below the average of 59° thanks to a large dip in the jet stream across the Eastern U.S. So…don’t put the winter gear away just yet!
Wind speeds have finally come down and with mostly clear conditions, temperatures are going to drop quickly tonight. Lows will be in the low to mid 30s on average. With a deck of high, thin, clouds moving in after midnight, temperatures may actually rise a little bit into the upper 30s by Thursday morning. If you have any plants that are sensitive to the cold, bring them inside tonight. Not all locations will drop to 32°, but it will be close. The kids will need the winter coat and the gloves at the bus stop tomorrow morning.
I don’t think you will need to bring the umbrella to work with you tomorrow, since most of your Thursday will be dry. Expect increasing clouds with highs only in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Rain could move in anytime after 7 PM.
Rain will become more widespread Thursday night into Friday morning and could be heavy at times. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s Friday morning. It will be a chilly, soggy day with highs only around 50°.
Rain should become more scattered Thursday afternoon and eventually taper off Friday night. Rain totals should range between 0.75 to 1 inch on average with higher totals possible across North Carolina. The weekend is looking much better…drier, warmer with more sunshine! Highs will be in the upper 50s on Saturday and mid 50s on Sunday.
Stay warm and dry everyone!
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona