Tropicfreak's Central Virginia Weather Blog

Winter Weather Outlook for VA

By: tropicfreak, 7:48 PM GMT on October 15, 2009

It has been rainy for the past 2 days, and forgive me if I've been out awhile, I've been very busy. But I'll try to blog more often. Anyway, now that winter is making an early return to the rockies, sierras, N Plains, N Midwest, great lakes, and the northeast, it's time that we talk about our winter weather outlook. NWS is forecasting a moderate to strong el nino, which is great if you're a snow lover. The jet stream dips way south into FL and brings a cooler than normal for much of the eastern half of the US, and yes it does include the SE. Based on the NWS info, there would be a great cooling trend for all of the SE, including VA but not the NE. When you combine cooler-than-normal temps and precipitation, you get a great deal of wintry weather. That's good news for much of VA, as we haven't seen much snow in awhile (besides the march snowstorm)So the start of winter will be a messy one. Bring your sleds out early and don't keep it in storage until the big one. LOL That pretty much also explains why we've seen some rather cool temps. At this time last year, we were still in the 60's-80's with lows around in the 60's or 50's in the morning.

A system is bringing rain snow and sleet to MD, PA and parts of WV. The rain may start again tonight, and it is possible that areas along and west of I-81 may see a wintry mix. That includes Roanoke, Staunton, Harrisonburg and especially Winchester as they will be getting the most precip. The rain will be light into tomorrow and lows will be around 40. Showers will continue throughout the day with highs around 50's. The weekend will bring a few showers with highs in the low 50's and Sun night's lows may dip into the 30's so be prepared for that.

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!


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Live in Richmond VA. I'm a recent high school graduate who is looking to pursue a career in meteorology. Winter storms and the tropics fascinate me.