A little bit of everything today
The current winter storm that has been pounding the country with both blizzards and tornadoes is now affecting us. The ‘Burg has seen snow, sleet, and rain this morning, some of which will continue throughout today (Wednesday). Temperatures – which are currently around the freezing mark – will slowly rise throughout the day on easterly winds as the surface low passes to the west of the area. The sleet and possible freezing rain are due to a “warm nose” of air sneaking in above the colder surface air and melting the snow falling through the warm layer before it refreezes in the colder air near the ground. As the surface temperatures warm above freezing all the precipitation will be in liquid form.
This storm system is so energetic that severe weather is located not far from the frozen stuff. Take a look at this Storm Prediction Center graphic for today:
The green shades show that there could actually be a rumble of thunder in the ‘Burg today (altho’ I don’t see it happening) while the lower Northern Neck could have some severe weather around the dinner hour. The red shading is a Moderate Risk for severe weather over the eastern parts of the Carolinas, which likely means a serious tornadic risk for that area.
Even tho’ we need the rain I’m sure a lot of folks will be glad to see the sun again Thursday and Friday. Both days will be mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid-40′s (F) which is average for this time of year, but Thursday’s high will be tempered by breezy conditions with gusts to near the 30 mph mark. Another – weaker – storm system will scoot through the area over the weekend with another chance at mixed precipitation.
Oh, and happy Boxing Day!