Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

We had several reports of snow flurries last night as really cold air dropped in. Even though we had lots of sunshine for today, it still felt quite chilly. The main factor that made today so uncomfortable was the north wind, which should lessen tonight. Days like today make you start looking forward to spring and I’m proud to report that the vernal equinox is only 21 days away.

Tonight we will have a clear sky, with overnight lows in the middle 20s. Tomorrow will mark the start of a warming trend, with a mild and sunny afternoon. We should stay above the freezing point tomorrow night as clouds will start filtering in. Friday will be a partly to mostly cloudy day and a cold front will drop into the state and bring a rain chance. This front will be loosing steam as it moves in so we’re not expecting any active weather. I’m expecting a band of rain or showers to move through the area between 10:00 p.m. Friday night and 4:00 a.m. on Saturday. The clouds will gradually break by Saturday afternoon, with a clear sky Saturday night. Since this front will be weakening, we really won’t take a bit hit temperature-wise. Highs will be in the 60s, with readings near 70-degrees on Sunday!

As temperatures warm we will be keeping our eye on a more impressive system for early next week. A cold front will drop in late Monday and this feature will bring us a round of rain and thunderstorms, with cooler air building in on Tuesday. It’s still way early in the game, but now it appears there could be some strong or severe thunderstorms Monday night. We don’t see the big upper air disturbance as was advertised earlier in the week. Therefore, we’ve backed off on mentioning a rain/snow mix and rather a warmer setup Monday. There will be a couple of good blasts of cold air next week, so don’t put away the jackets just yet!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Weather

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