Chilly day ahead, more on the way.

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Chilly start to the weekend, what happened to Autumn?

Today the real issue is the cold air that moved in behind the rain Thursday afternoon and into the evening.  We may be only topping out in the 40s most locations east of the Parkway and only in the 30s west of the Interstate 81 corridor.  This will be day one of a well below average day temperature-wise, day two will be Saturday.

Seems like the region went to mild weather almost strait into a wintry scenario.  Looking back at the temps the month of October we were fairly mild; the main concern was the focus on the drought. Temperatures were mild and the average temperature (highs and lows each day for the month) was about 4.4° above normal.  Rainfall was a concern then we did some major recoup of rainfall the last week of the month.  November seems to be more in line with January.  We have been below normal each day (highs and lows combined) this month and there will be little in the way of warmth in the next several days.

Saturday should start out in the 20s and Sunday starts out in the 30s.  There will be a brief warm up, and I use warm up loosely, into the upper 50s both Sunday and Veteran’s Day, then a more robust and potent cold front pushes in Tuesday.  There may be some more moisture to work with and measurable snow may be more of a reality Tuesday, but again, the bigger issue will be the bitter air.  Highs may only reach the 30s Wednesday and Thursday next week east of the Parkway and the upper 20s west of the Interstate.

Winter conditions are here for a couple of days, take a break, and come back next week for several days.  Make sure you have gotten some wood for the fireplace, and it is time for some hot cocoa.

Tuesday looks to bring us another round of potentially snowy conditions, but unlike our recent event this one may have some more moisture to work with and therefore be a bit more robust as far at the potential for a wintry mix is concerned.

Bitter cold air is slated for Wednesday and Thursday with lows in the 20s and highs in the 30s or low 40s,

Stay Safe.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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