By Kathryn Prociv
It’s Kathryn again on this cold, wet, and dreary day in southwest Virginia. In Blacksburg today is what we call a “Bleaksburg” kind of day. How much rain did everyone get overnight? Some rainfall totals around the area included between 0.20 and 0.36 inches around the City of Roanoke, the City of Danville and Botetourt County both received about a half an inch, and some of the higher totals were found further south in the bordering North Carolina counties. The heaviest of the rain has moved east and away from the area, so just expect some light showers tapering off throughout the day. Temperatures today will be pretty cool, with highs reaching only the upper 40s and mid-50s. You’ll notice we’re pretty clouded outside. Expect these clouds to last through the day and into the overnight hours. You can see the extent of the cloud cover on the visible satellite from this morning. These clouds will also serve to keep us warmer tonight and decrease the chance for widespread frost tonight into early tomorrow morning.
Don’t expect too much improvement tomorrow, as we will have similar conditions to today: high temperatures of 40s and 50s, and another round of rain due to an upper-level disturbance approaching from the southwest. Tomorrow we will experience what I like to call “wedge-weather.” Wedge-weather means that high pressure sets up over the Atlantic to our northeast. Clockwise winds rotating around the high pressure system shifts our winds to the northeast pulling down cool, moist air from the Atlantic Ocean. This cool, moist air encounters the mountains and literally “wedges” in place. When this happens areas under the wedge can be stuck in cloudy and drizzly conditions. Check out the image showing temperatures for 2pm tomorrow afternoon using the GFS model. Notice the cooler temperatures in a wedge-like shape stretching all the way down on the North Carolina mountains. Models suggest the wedge holds on through Tuesday, and finally breaks down Wednesday as drier air and warmer temperatures rebound for our region.
Until Wednesday keep your jackets, umbrellas, and warm drinks handy. Also, it might not be a bad idea to listen to weather-inspired music; search “songs about rain” and you’ll have some groovy tunes to get you through the next few days.