Blog: Top Of the Temp Coaster. Possible Weekend Wintry Mix.


Highs were in the 60s on Sunday. We only topped off in the mid-upper 40s yesterday. Now today, we will have some brief warmth again in the region. High temperatures are aiming for the mid 60s this afternoon. Then we’ll have a stronger cool down going into the rest of the week. 

This morning we had a warm front coming up from the south. It caused a few scattered light showers overnight.

The showers moved out to sea by 8 a.m. Now we’ll clear out through the day. We’ll be in the warm zone as the warm front lifts well to our north. A cold front is quickly moving towards us, but it is far to the west. High temperatures will aim for the mid 60s.

It will be a very nice day, but the breeze will pick up out of the southwest. Some of the gusts could get up to 20 mph by the afternoon. The cold front will quickly swipe through the region tonight. It may cause a lone quick shower, but overall it will pass through dry.

We’ll have breezy west winds behind the front tomorrow. This will filter in cooler air at first. Highs will be in the low 50s with sunshine Wednesday. However, the colder air will keep piping in over the next 48 hours. High temps will only be in the low 40s on Thursday.

Then high temps will drop to the upper 30s to low 40s by Friday. We’ll be dry both days. Low temps will finally drop back ot the upper 20s both Friday and Saturday morning. 

It’s been a while since we’ve had that type of cold, but it is a good thing. We don’t want the grass to grow yet. We don’t want plants to start budding. Otherwise they could get frost or freeze damage through the rest of the Winter. It is only mid-January after all. 

Speaking of winter. Over the weekend, an area of low pressure will move in from the west. It will encounter some colder air this time. So there may be a good amount of snow over northern and western Virginia. Perhaps some over western North Carolina. 

However, our region is still a question mark. It looks like the rain/snow line will lie very close to Hampton Roads. This could allow some snow to fall north and west of Hampton Roads. The GFS model was very wet during yesterday’s couple of runs. However, this morning it came a little more in-line with the European model.

It has the rain/snow line over the Peninsula and inland for a while before changing to a cold rain later in the day on Sunday. It’s still too early for specific details. A lot could change before then.  Just know that we will be tracking it closely over the next few days. Stay tuned for updates. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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