ARCTIC AIR IS POISED TO MOVE SOUTH INTO THE U.S…. OUR WEEKEND SHOULD BE DRY WITH SEASONAL TEMPERATURES AS VIRGINIA DRIES OUT

This past week was probably one of the dreariest weeks in weather that I’ve seen since living here in Hampton Roads the past 14 years. A stalled frontal boundary brought nearly continuous rainfall across much of the state of Virginia. Here in Virginia Beach, we did not have a lot of rain from this system. We were at the southernmost extent of the area of rainfall that lies just to our north and west. It was one of the longest periods that I can remember without seeing the sun. On Friday, despite it being a chilly day, the sunshine was very welcome. Then, the wintery weather hit at the end of this long dreary period. Virginia Beach missed out on the snow for the most part but areas just to our north and west did pick up some snowfall. I think weather forecasters did a great job predicting the snowfall although I know that a lot of snow lovers were disappointed here in Virginia Beach. You should read my Weather Fact on why it is very difficult to predict snowfall here in Hampton Roads. This weekend looks like it will be dry with seasonal temperatures. However, a very cold air mass is poised to drop southward from Canada into the United States. This will most likely be the coldest air of the season so far in many areas of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. It doesn’t look like we will see much precipitation for the next several days but there may be a snow flurry as the cold air pours into the region during the mid-week period. Areas of the Great Lakes States are getting ready for what could be a very significant lake effect snow event. The lake temperatures are a bit above normal which will add the necessary fuel and moisture to the lake effect snow machine.

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