Last night was rough. We had multiple severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings in the region. There were 3 rounds of storms. The first was in the mid afternoon. The second was in the eveinng. That one was the worst of the weather.
Then a third round came in early this morning, and popped off a couple of warnings. Now the rain has moved out. There were numerous strong wind and wind damage reports over the area.
There was also some hefty rain amounts over the region. Many locations had over an inch in the last 24 hours.
Yesterday, we had a big area of low pressure off to our west. We had a lot of warm/humid air pumping in out of the south ahead of it. There was a lot of instability, and a lot of wind shear (increasing wind speed with height). The surface winds were out of the southeast. So there was a fair amount of helicity. This all helped to cause the widespread strong storms. Today the area of low pressure is slowly moving northeast from West Virginia. It will move to our north through the day. We have a cool front coming in from the southwest.
The front won’t cool us down too much. But it will really drop the humidity. Dew points will sink from the low 60s to the upper 40s today. So it will be very comfortable out this afternoon. High temps will be in the mid-upper 70s. There will be a decent breeze out of the south/southwest. Winds will run at 10-20mph with gusts up to 25mph. The problem with that is that that the water levels are elevated between the north end of the Albemarle Sound and southern Virginia Beach.
The gauge at Dawley Corners (southern Virginia Beach) was up to 2.6ft this morning. That is fairly close to some of the flooding that happened last year. Also, there was some heavy rain over Virginia Beach last night and early this morning. So there will likely be some nuisance to minor tidal flooding there between today and tomorrow.
Otherwise, we’ll have some quiet weather for the next few days. We’ll be partly cloudy tonight with lows in the 50s. Tomorrow we’ll have highs in the upper 60s with partly cloudy skies. There may be some isolated showers late in the day, but the weather should be fine for the morning Easter egg hunts and services.
We’ll be dry and mild early next week. Temps will build by mid-week with some isolated pm showers on Wednesday. Stay tuned for updates.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler