TEMPERATURES DROP BELOW NORMAL AGAIN… FORECASTERS ARE STILL PREDICTING THAT A MAJOR STORM WILL DEVELOP OFF THE EAST COAST ON TUESDAY… EASTERN NEW ENGLAND WILL MOST LIKELY BE IMPACTED THE MOST FROM THIS POTENTIALLY POWERFUL STORM

It seems that there have been some changes in the forecast but there are still uncertainties that need to be worked out regarding the potential storm system during the mid-week period. Here’s what weather forecasters do know. A deepening trough will develop over the eastern part of the nation which basically means that the jet stream will drop south allowing cold air to invade the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. A disturbance in the jet stream should cause a low pressure system to develop near the Gulf Coast. This system will move northeastward off the Southeast Coast. It will intensify rapidly but it is expected to be too far offshore and to the north to bring heavy amounts of snow to most of Virginia. At least that is the current thinking and that is subject to change. As it looks now, Eastern New England will bear the brunt of the storm with the heaviest snow and highest winds. The storm is expected to undergo bombogenesis which means that pressures are expected to fall at a rapid rate. See my Weather Fact on this subject…. Here in Hampton Roads, forecasters are expecting a mostly rain event on Tuesday with some snow or sleet possible. Any accumulations should be minor and if they occur at all, they will be on grassy surfaces. You should monitor the local media and National Weather Service for the latest forecasts as things could change. Please read my Saturday post regarding the strong March sun and how it affects snow accumulation differences between the daylight and nighttime hours… For today (Sunday), we should see a little rainfall this afternoon as a disturbance moves through. Temperatures will be below normal. The normal high temperature for March 23 is 60 degrees in Norfolk. It should be even colder on Monday despite some sunshine. Precipitation moves in on Tuesday. Once this system moves out, it appears that we will get into a more spring-like pattern later this week but it will probably be an active pattern with rain/showers every so many days. That’s it for now. Have a good day.

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