|Moon Phase||Waxing Gibbous Moon|
Another Spring-like warm day is ahead for us Wednesday. We won't be quite as warm as Tuesday's 80 degrees (which was just two degrees shy of tying the record high of 82 from 1990 for March 11!), but most of us in central Virginia will still reach the mid to upper 70s.
A powerful storm system currently moving through the Midwest is getting closer to us this morning. As a result of that tightening pressure gradient across our region, you can expect gusty winds today. In addition, moisture is on the way from the Gulf, being hurled northward in response to the powerful low pressure system. Keep your umbrella handy by lunch today, as scattered showers may begin to pop up then.
However, the strong cold front linked to the storm's center won't reach central Virginia until late afternoon/early evening. That's when we'll likely see a round of gusty showers and strong thunderstorms. Some of those storms may have severe wind gusts in them stronger than 60 mph (that's our primary threat), but there will also be the smaller chance for a few isolated, brief tornadoes embedded within that line. The window for stormy weather will be between 3 P.M. and 9 P.M.
On the cold side of this storm, it is producing a swath of heavy snow to our north, stretching from parts of the Midwest through the Great Lakes into the Northeast.
Behind this storm, a brief blast of very cold air will move into the Commonwealth on Thursday. This will be "weather whiplash," with Thursday high temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s, despite a good amount of sunshine. Winds will also remain gusty from the northwest Thursday around 30 mph.
You'll feel the coldest air here on Friday morning, with dawn temperatures in the 20s. However, with sunshine and winds shifting back to the south, temperatures will rebound into the 50s Friday afternoon.
This weekend, we continue to monitor a couple of disturbances that may brush our region and bring clouds and some rain chances. There is a slim chance for scattered light rain showers Saturday, but the Sunday forecast is less certain. This is because we are monitoring a storm system that will approach us from the Southeast U.S. Sunday (likely late in the afternoon and evening). Depending on the track and timing of that system, it could mean rain for part of Sunday. As we see it now, though, we are keeping Sunday dry until the evening hours, with rain chances higher Sunday night into Monday. Also dependent on the track of that storm is our chance for wet snow on St. Patrick's Day. Stay tuned for more details on that as we get closer.
Enjoy another Spring-like day!
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