Rain and wind caused a lot of problems for the morning commute today. The showers were heavy in a few places. The rain was fairly widespread early on. I mentioned the wind. An interesting thing happened around 5-7am. There was a small zone of strong winds that developed over Virginia Beach and near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. There were some gusts to near 40mph reported over Virginia Beach. This caused a couple of trees to fall. That in-turn created some power outages. I think there was a small jet streak that formed just north of the warm front that was lifting north.
There was a weak low forming along the front. That was also moving closer to us as high pressure was moving away to the northeast. We’ll have easterly winds this morning, but more westerly winds this afternoon as the low also moves off to the northeast. Showers will become more isolated later today. We’ll have lots of clouds with some peeks of sun this afternoon. High temps will be in the low-mid 70s.
Tomorrow for Election Day we’ll have mostly cloudy skies. There will only be some isolated showers during the day. However, by the evening a cold front will approach from the west. This will create a line of showers and storms. The models bring the line into our region during the evening.
I have the time-frame between 5-8pm, but that could change. The Storm Prediction Center has most of our region in a Slight Risk for severe weather during that time. Strong gusty winds will be the main threat.
The front will clear Hampton Roads by the later in the evening. We’ll dry out overnight into Wednesday morning. Highs will be near 70 on Wednesday. Then we’ll have highs near 60 on Thursday. We’ll be partly cloudy with an isolated shower possible. Rain is expected to move back in on Friday as temps warm back up to the low 70s.
Stay tuned for updates.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler