Dry for now, rain and wind arrive Wednesday


Sunshine Tuesday yields to rain and wind Wednesday

The dome of high pressure that has been keeping the Commonwealth in the dry and quiet zone for the past couple of days is moving east.  The is being replaced by two areas of rain.  The first in in the south and will arrive in the form of high clouds late tonight then thicken enough to generate rain before sunrise Wednesday.  The second batch of rain will be associated with a front that will arrive late in the day.  The rain ahead of the front should start to merge with the showers already present from the first batch. 

The rainfall amounts may not be more than an inch, which is good, but not enough to break the drought or alleviate much of the dry conditions.  The rain will move through quickly so that will be the reason for the low amounts.  The rain may be heavy at times and there may be some minor flooding, but it should help fill up some of the depleted reservoirs and lakes in the area. 

There is a second aspect to this event as well and that will be the wind.  The winds will be howling at around 35 – 40 mph in some spots late Wednesday and into Thursday.  As the skies clear late in the day Wednesday the winds will be present to usher in the coldest air of the fall.  Look for highs on Thursday to stay in the 50s and lows will be in the upper 30s to low 40s.  Freezing temperatures are not yet in the forecast, but that may change when we see more information about this cold snap.  Frost advisories may be issues by the National Weather Service, so you may want to get the burlap out of the garage in case you want to cover up some plants that have yet to go dormant for the winter or some veggies and fruits that haven’t come to harvest.

Dry and cool weekend ahead with rain slated to return on Monday.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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