Wind gusts climb along with the temperatures Tuesday
Warm, southwest winds help temperatures soar
Anticipate winds to increase through the evening as high pressure builds behind today’s cold front. This will also help to scour out the clouds leading to a mainly clear night and a sunny Tuesday. Lows slip to around freezing tonight but the wind will make it feel even cooler.
Skies remain mostly sunny Tuesday but the bigger concern will be the strong winds which will increase at all locations by late-morning and continue into the afternoon. Gusts could top 20-30 mph in the valleys and upwards of 40 mph in the mountains. The winds will provide a wide array of afternoon temperatures from 40s in the mountains to near 60° in the Piedmont Tuesday.
By the middle of the week, models are trending even warmer with temperatures climbing to the upper 50s and possibly a few 60s by Wednesday. We may indeed be getting a break in the relentless stretch of weekly wintry weather. Enjoy it because models are showing changes for the end of the week.
The pattern turns more unsettled as we enter the weekend. A stalled front will be draped over the Mid Atlantic. At the same time, several areas of low pressure will move along the front over the weekend, the first arriving late Friday. By Friday night, mainly rain will overspread the region with the slight chance of a mountain mix.
MORE RAIN THIS WEEKEND
Another disturbance will bring additional rain to the area Saturday afternoon and evening before exiting. The third wave of rain will enter Sunday afternoon with the actual cold front. We’ll begin to dry out early next week.
Total 3-day rainfall totals will likely be in the .50″ to 1″ range.
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