Blog: Colder Air Sinks in. Watching Next Weekend!

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As expected, our temperatures this morning were about 10-20 degrees colder than yesterday morning.  The colder air has started filtering into the region. A cold front is slowly sinking to our south, and high pressure is building in from the west. 

We’ll have a lot of sunshine today, but the breeze is picking up out of the north. So despite temps in the 40s this morning, we’ll only top off near 50 this afternoon.  It gets colder from here…

Tomorrow morning we’ll drop down to the low-mid 30s. Clouds will increase in the pre-dawn hours as a weak upper level disturbance forms in the region. If the clouds come form sooner, then it could halt the temperature drop by a couple of degrees. 

Anyway, there will be some flurries forming just to our west. We could get a couple of flurries in a few of our inland locations as they drift east. However, as they move east through the morning they will encounter some warming air.  So it will turn into some isolated rain showers. 

The disturbance will only slowly move east through the day. So we may see some isolated or even scattered showers at about any time of the day.  High temps will be cold. We’ll only top off in the mid 40s.Temperatures will stay chilly from Thursday into the weekend. Highs will mainly be in the 40s.  Lows will mostly be in the 30s.  We’ll be dry through Saturday. 

Then things get a little interesting…

The models are forecasting a big area of low pressure to form over the south/central U.S. from Friday into Saturday. The north end of the moisture from that system will encounter some cold air, and that will create some wintry weather.  As it moves east, it will also run into some colder air in Virginia And North Carolina. Some of the models suggest that heavy snow will form over in central to western Virginia and North Carolina. 

At this time, it looks like it will bring a lot of rain into our region, but there could be a changeover to some snow or a wintry mix over parts of the region. This could happen Sunday into Monday. It could happen a bit sooner or later. The models are still very loose on the details. It’s still too early for any specific details, but here is a look at the the European model’s output for Sunday evening.

The forecast will likely still undergo some changes before that time. We’ll start to talk more specifically about things over the next couple of days. Stay tuned for updates.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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