Pinpoint Weather: Abnormally dry pattern continues as mild air remains, light rain expected heading into the weekend

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Although the area has been mild and dry and it is pleasing to most folks as they venture outside, the region is parched and needs some rain. The latest Drought Monitor indicates an expanded “abnormally dry and moderate drought” as the SE corner remains in the Severe Drought category. We may get some rain this weekend but it will not be much.

The rain arriving from the west Thursday night after sunset is associated with a cold front that will stall out and remain to our north and west through Friday. The origin of the next wave of air is from the south and southwest so that will be much milder and effectively shove the cold front to the north as a warm front.  The next wave of rain will follow the warm air and arrive from the west on Saturday. The amount of rain expected is likely to be less than 0.25” generally, so not much relief for our parched earth. 

The end result of the rain Saturday will be a much cooler air mass for the Commonwealth starting late Saturday night and Sunday and lingering into the new work week. There will be some rain to our south Tuesday, but little will get above the 36 parallel.

Of Note:  The Astronomical Winter begins on Tuesday morning at 10:58 as the direct rays of the sun are over the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere, marking the start of the winter season. The Meteorological Winter began on December 1st.

Stay Safe
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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