Blog: Warming Up, But Moisture Increases


It feels like it has been cold for a while. Finally, we have a little bit of warmth headed our way. Today, we’ll get back some southerly winds as high pressure nudges offshore. 

We’ll have partly cloudy skies today, but the sun will shine enough to push high temps up to the low-mid 50s. (There will be some upper 40s north of the metro). Winds will be out of the south at 5-10mph.

Notice on the above map that there is an area of low pressure developing over Texas. This will have a big impact over the eastern U.S. over the next 2-3 days. It will be different from last weekend, however, as it won’t interact with cold air this time. Instead, a lot of the region will see heavy rain and some thunderstorms. So by tomorrow our area will have mostly cloudy skies. There will be a few showers moving in later in the day.

The better chances for rain will be inland/west during the afternoon. High temps will be in hte low 60s.  By the evening rain will become widespread. The rain will be on and off through Saturday as the low moves directly through the region. Rain may be heavy at times. 

Future Trak (Saturday)

There may even be a few thunderstorms over North Carolina as warm/humid air tries to wrap into the system. For now, I have high temperatures in the mid-upper 60s, but some models suggest we’ll rise to near 70. 

The low will slowly push out through Sunday. We’ll have a few lingering showers during the morning, but I think we’ll dry out through the day. High temps will be in the upper 50s. We’ll be mild and dry on Monday. Then we’ll cool down for a couple of days.

The region could see at least a couple of inches of rain between late Friday and early Sunday. Possibly 2-3″ in that time. We have had a wet year overall. We are about a half an inch above normal for rainfall for the month so far, but we are a whopping 10″ above normal for the year with 44.54″. Unless we get a lot more rain though, we probably won’t make the top ten wettest years list. This info comes from the National Weather Service in Wakefield. The climate site is Norfolk.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler

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