I’m very proud to announce that Kathryn Prociv, who you got to know as my guest blogger for 6 days last month, appeared today as a guest blogger on The Washington Post’s “Capital Weather Gang” website. It makes me doubly happy that this does NOT mean she will no longer be appearing on Weather Journal — in fact, I’m giving her another 3-day gig as guest Weather Journal blogger next Monday-Wednesday as I take a short break.
The developing nor’easter will not have much direct impact on Southwest Virginia, but one of the major pieces that will go into making it (a low passing south of us) spread thick overcast over us on this Election Day, making temperatures more than 20 degrees below normal with highs of 41 at Roanoke and 36 at Blacksburg. The last time it was that cold at Roanoke was February 12 — even the day it snowed significantly last winter, Feb. 19, was in the low 50s early in the morning before the snow began. Southwest Virginia will be caught between the nor’easter that will form to our east off the coast and track north-northeast, and a rather vigorous upper-level disturbance that will rotate through behind the low into the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians. Locations west of I-77 stand the best chance of seeing snow and/or rain from the disturbance, but most of the rest of our area will be caught in sinking air and downsloping wind behind the nor’easter that will tend to dry out the lower atmosphere. So expect breezes to gradually pick up over the next couple of days (talking 10-20 mph stuff, maybe 30 mph gusts) and below-normal temperatures to continue until a late-week warmup might get us to 70 over the weekend.
And if you haven’t yet entered, remember the Weather Journal snowfall contest closes out Thursday at midnight. Information about how to enter is at the bottom of this column from last month. (NOTE: Contest runs Nov. 15 to March 31 … ending date was incorrect in a column I wrote for Wednesday’s paper.)