I would use the term “wild” to describe the weather over the next few days. Luckily, I don’t think we are looking at severe nor wintry weather. However, the temperature swings will truly be wild. Let’s take a look. To set the stage, here is the high temperature forecast for the next 5 days:
You’ll notice that right off the bat there is a big drop in temps in the next 24 hours. Today we will get into the mid 70s. Then tomorrow highs will only be in the 40s.
This morning we already started the day with temps in the mid 60s. Strong winds were blowing out of the southwest at 10-15mph with gusts to 25mph. A few gusts were up to 30mph. We had partly cloudy skies, but clouds were increasing. A strong cold front was located up in Maryland and Pennsylvania. It is steadily dropping south.
There are showers south of the front. So the rain will arrive before the front gets here. Future trak had the rain moving in during the afternoon in its earlier run. Now it brings the rain in by midday. At least to parts of the area.
The rain will increase during the afternoon as the front sinks south.
Temperatures will warm to the mid 70s before the front arrives. Then temps will drop to the 50s and 60s during the evening commute. We’ll dry out overnight. Temperatures will drop to near 40 degrees. We’ll start off Saturday dry and chilly. Then the clouds will increase fast. We’ll have some overunning precipitation tomorrow as warmer/humid air pushes in at the upper levels above the colder air at the surface. Surface winds will be out of the northeast at 8-12mph. So high temperatures will only be in the upper 40s. Some rain could move in by midday, but rain will definitely move in during the afternoon.
The rain could become briefly heavy during the evening. There could be some sleet pellets mixing in just to our northwest, and some snow west of Richmond.
The rain should move out by Sunday morning. We’ll actually warm up going into Sunday as winds turn back to out of the south. Skies will be partly cloudy. We’ll continue warming into Monday (President’s Day). Highs will be in the 60s with partly cloudy skies. There may be some isolated rain showers. The models have trended warmer (yes warmer) for Tuesday into Wednesday. High temps are now aiming for the upper 70s. It’s possible that we could even be flirting with some 80s at that time. We’ll see. Right now let’s just say it will be very warm for February. There still could be some isolated showers Tuesday into Wednesday, but the bulk of the rain looks like it will stay just to our northwest. Stay tuned for updates over the weekend.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler