Good Monday, everyone! You can already tell this is still Kathryn covering the weather blog by the cheesy title.
Before discussing today’s weather, the jury is out on just how strong the weekend cold front was. Record low temperatures were broken all the way from the Northern Plains to Upper and Lower Midwest. Meteorologist James Spann (@spann) posted a map this morning on Twitter showing the large spatial area impacted by record cold temperatures.
Even though that same cold front impacted our area, there’s a reason why we didn’t likewise have record low temperatures: CLOUDS. Cloudy skies overnight helped to keep our temperatures warm and above freezing virtually everywhere. There was a slight teaser last night where just before sunset the skies cleared and the sun came out. If the clear skies stuck around, we would have been much colder this morning!
For those who dislike the dark, gloomy weather you won’t be happy today, as we’re still stuck in that “wedge-weather” I described in yesterday’s post: cold temperatures, light rain and low clouds. You can expect the same story today as yesterday with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The surface observation plot from 11:30 a.m. shows easterly to northeasterly winds still bringing in that cool and moist marine air from the Atlantic. The warmer spots are locations near the Piedmont like Martinsville and Danville with temperatures in the mid-upper 40s. The cooler spots are, you guessed it, locations at higher elevations such as Beckley and Bluefied, W.Va., with temperatures hovering right around 40 degrees.
Keep in mind we have a chance of more rain this afternoon into the evening. The NAM forecasted reflectivity plot shows it raining in the NRV and Roanoke Valley by 2 p.m. and persisting through the evening. If you’re headed out, pack an umbrella and warm coat because it will be a cold rain. I don’t expect the rain to be too heavy, however, as the HPC shows only marginal precipitation totals possible through tomorrow morning.
Models indicate the wedge begins to break down tonight (earlier than originally thought) as high pressure moves in. This will allow some of the clouds to erode away through the night, so expect colder temperatures tomorrow morning than we had this morning. As the wedge breaks down tomorrow, we will have clearing skies, drier air and a gradual warm-up with temperatures rising into the 50s and 60s.
Hang in there on this bleak Monday, and look toward tomorrow for improving weather conditions!