SATURDAY’S TEMPERATURES WILL BE WELL ABOVE NORMAL… A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH HAMPTON ROADS SATURDAY NIGHT BRINGING MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES ON SUNDAY… A WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE MAY BRING SOME RAIN ON SUNDAY… WINTRY PRECIPITATION IS POSSIBLE IN PARTS OF VIRGINIA LATER TUESDAY

Spring arrived on Wednesday but winter seems to want to take one last shot at us next week. Before I get into that, today (Saturday) will definitely feel like spring. Temperatures in the 70’s with some sunshine will make for a great day for most outdoor activities. Winds will be picking up during the afternoon which will raise the brush fire danger. So, please be mindful of that today. A cold front will be moving through the Hampton Roads region overnight tonight. Temperatures on Sunday will be much cooler. A wave of low pressure riding along the slow moving cold front is expected to produce a period of rain Sunday afternoon. We should dry out for Monday, but it will be a very chilly day for this time of year. Then, all interests will turn to a developing low pressure system along the southeast coast. As usual with a situation like this, the computer models show slightly different solutions so the exact track of this system is not certain at this time. Since it is late March, the sun is much stronger than it is during the winter months. The sun is much higher in the sky than it is during the winter. Even when it is cloudy, this impacts any potential snowfall totals. If the snow falls during the daylight hours, it won’t accumulate as much compared to a snowfall that occurs at night. Right now, according to what I’ve read online, it will most likely be predominately a rain event for Hampton Roads during the day on Tuesday with the possibility of some wintry precipitation Tuesday night. However, that is not certain so stay tuned. Areas further north and west may see accumulating snowfall, so if you are traveling, check the forecast before you hit the road or if you plan to travel by plane. The low pressure is expected to intensify rapidly as it moves northeastward. Bombogenesis is expected to occur as it moves off the New England Coast. Please see my Weather Fact on this subject. After the storm leaves, we should see a slow moderating trend in temperatures. The extended forecast from the Climate Prediction Center indicates that we may see much warmer weather as March comes to a close. That’s something to look forward to! That’s it for now. Enjoy today’s mild weather while it lasts. Have a great weekend!

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