The cold front will be moving through the Commonwealth today and push off the coast later this evening. The weather story for the day is a combination of wind and cold air.
There will be a brisk feel to the region this evening and overnight as the air behind the front is unseasonably cold and the wind will make it feel much more like February than April. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s Thursday and overnight will see temps in the 20s and 30s. Now, factor in the winds of around 25 mph and we have wind chill values in the teens. That is not good for the budding vegetation, but the good news is that not much is pushing up out of the ground today. It would be a good idea to cover any sensitive plants you have out on the veranda and deck, as they may get burned by the cold snap tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight, there is a Freeze Warning for most of our region meaning that tender vegetation is in peril.
The cold pattern will be lingering into Thursday as there is nothing to push the cold air out to sea. The winds will relax a bit, which may aid in the development of some frost for Friday morning. So, although the wind chill values will not be much of a factor, the cold and still air will allow temps to drop quickly. Expect to see sunny skies on both Thursday and Friday, with a bit of a temperature recovery on Friday into the middle 60s.
Saturday will be the wet day of this forecast period. The temps will still be about 8 – 10 degrees cooler than normal for late April and the rain will help keep them down. The rain will be associated with an area of low pressure that should pass to the north of the Commonwealth. The position is just right for us to get a nice draw of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic so I expect to see about and inch or so of rain. There may be some localized flooding in the region Saturday as well, so keep an eye on rising waters.
Sunday starts a nice dry spell with temps pushing close to 70 and then getting there on Monday. There is a bit of a scuttlebutt about the region reaching the 80s again by the middle of next week, but we will cross that bridge when we get there.
Batten down the hatches tonight and tomorrow folks, it will get a bit sporty from time to time.