Those of you wanting rain to combat the growing dryness should get at least a little solace from Friday evening’s satellite photo, linked here. It shows a storm system in the central U.S. and a long line of cloudiness crossing Texas and extending all the way into the Pacific — the first time in a long time we’ve seen any sign of subtropical juice getting pulled into a storm system that will eventually affect us. Some of this moisture will begin to overrun cooler air at the surface on Sunday, and more will be squeezed out into Monday as a low-pressure system and cold front approach. Projections on total amounts are generally in the 1/3 to 3/4 inch range, but the North American Model has been pulling through a slug of heavier rain that adds up a little more. Any rain is needed rain at this point for the fall/winter drought, that if it’s not alleviated, could exacerbate a summer drought. As for snow, there may be a few mountain snow showers once the cold front goes by, but no huge deal. Temperatures will rebound quickly back into the 50s for highs. By Friday, though, it now appears very likely that a strong Arctic cold front will blast through, leading to several days of truly chilly weather, including some days it wont’ get above 40, and perhaps much more widespread and long-lasting mountain snow showers, some of which may even push eastward into the New River and Roanoke valleys. As for any more widespread accumulating snow events, there may be a window in and around Christmas when it’s possible, but there’s nothing firm to cling to just yet, just some hints.
Saturday will be a mild and dry day, with lots of 50s, maybe some low 60s. Enjoy it before it gets a little wetter Sunday — and colder next weekend.