RAIN CHANCES INCREASE LATE MONDAY… PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN ARE EXPECTED MONDAY NIGHT… RAIN TAPERS OFF ON TUESDAY… TEMPERATURES SHOULD REMAIN MILD THROUGH WEDNESDAY… COLD AIR RETURNS LATER IN THE WEEK

A developing storm system from the Gulf States will track northeastward bringing a potential good soaking to Hampton Roads Monday night and early Tuesday. Winds will increase but are not expected to be a major factor during this event. Out to our north and west, ice, sleet and snow are possible so if you are traveling, make sure you are prepared. Temperatures here in Hampton Roads should be warm enough for an all liquid precipitation event. The rain will end on Tuesday. Mild weather is expected through Wednesday. Then, the forecast gets complicated. The computer models diverge in their solutions for later this week. Some paint a very cold and possibly snowy picture for some parts of the Mid-Atlantic States. Some models indicate a slightly milder solution. Forecasters had indicated that we were going to see the coldest air mass of the season so far arriving here next weekend. Climatologically, the coldest time of year on average is approaching. The late January time frame is historically the coldest period of the year for Hampton Roads. The way the pattern is shaping up, that will probably hold true for this year…. It’s amazing what the current La Nina is causing throughout the Southern Hemisphere… floods in Australia and Brazil are a direct result of the La Nina. Many are homeless due to the floods and landslides. Even here in the U.S. heavy rain in the Pacific Northwest is causing mud-slides. That’s it for now. Remember to drive safe on Monday night and Tuesday and keep plenty of distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

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