Blog: Cold March Blast Drops South


We have an unseasonably cold airmass that is dropping out of the Midwest and into the Southeast.  Temperatures over the eastern half of the country will be running about 10-25 degrees below average.  Some records may be broken (Probably not locally). 

However, there will be some warming as we head towards the weekend. So this is temporary. 

Today, we have a strong area of high pressure to our northwest. However, there is also a weak area of low pressure to our southeast (offshore). The low was moving east along a stationary front. This has pushed some moisture up into our region, but the southern Outer Banks was on the edge of the precipitation. 

The low will move farther offshore this afternoon, and high pressure will build in stronger from the west. Winds will be persistent out of the north. This will pull down some drier air. So we’ll clear out this afternoon, but high temps will still struggle to get above the upper 30s to low 40s. We’ll clear out tonight except for a possible pocket of clouds and a flurry on the Eastern Shore. This will be a wind shift that will drop south through the area.

We’ll be mostly clear tomorrow morning with low temps in the mid 20s. It will be closer to 30 near the shore. Through the day tomorrow we’ll have a lot of sunshine, but high temps will only be in the upper 30s in the region. 

We’ll have more 20s for lows Thursday morning, but we’ll warm up to the 40s during the afternoon with partly cloudy skies. 

By Friday, we’ll have more moisture and warmer temperatures in the region. Highs will be in the low 50s. We’ll have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers. At this time Saturday looks great.

(I don’t want to jinx it). Highs will be in the 50s with partly cloudy skies. The warmer air is forecast for Sunday with highs in the 60s, but scattered showers will return. It does look like next week will be warmer. So hang in there, and stay tuned for updates. 

In U.S. news…You’ve probably heard about the recent tornadoes in Alabama the other day. Destructive tornadoes on Sunday have killed over 20 people, and at this point some are still missing. A few were small children which makes it even a sadder story. The strongest tornado was an EF-4. There were large areas of destroyed homes. Here is the story with more information. Alabama tornadoes.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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