Busy weather pattern continues with lots of rain Wednesday
Nature is keeping weather forecasters busy with a fairly dynamic pattern at the moment. A surface low pressure complex is aiming a lot of rain at us today (Wednesday) with the bulk of it coming late this afternoon into the evening. Given this morning’s cold temperatures the NWS Sterling office has issued a winter weather advisory for counties along and just east of the Blue Ridge mountains as the moisture reaching there encounters near-freezing conditions. Since the bulk of the precipitation won’t arrive here until the temperature warms a bit the ‘Burg should see all rain, but any early arriving showers could have some “fuzzy raindrops”.
Thursday morning will dawn drier and warmer with highs in the upper 50′s (F) ahead of a cold front that will plow through here tomorrow night. This front will herald the much colder – although seasonable – air that will envelop us over the weekend. Moreover, some leftover moisture may couple with the arriving cold air to provide a brief burst of snow during the early hours of Friday so don’t be surprised if you see a dusting on the ground that morning.
Friday we’ll experience very gusty winds and wind chills will again enter the conversation as the cold Canadian air is ushered in for the weekend. This will keep high temperatures in the low 40′s through Monday. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see some light snow Sunday morning courtesy of an “Alberta Clipper” that the models are showing. I don’t see this in the official NWS Sterling forecast yet but it is a possibility.
Bring out the rain gear today and bundle up for the weekend!