While overcast, dreary skies will linger into this evening, conditions will improve this weekend. Get ready for another gorgeous weekend and a warm, sunny start to next week.
A strong area of low pressure intensifying near the North Carolina coast has kept some scattered showers in place across Richmond this morning, and has covered most of Virginia in clouds today. This low has become strong enough to generate wind gusts in excess of 30 miles per hour. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has suspended ferry service between the Outer Banks and the mainland across Pamlico Sound today due to high winds.
The low will slowly drift off to the southeast tonight and tomorrow morning, shutting off the flow of moisture, ending the rain and allowing the clouds to break up. We’re pretty much done with the rain at this point, and temperatures have mostly maxed out for the day, though we may climb a couple more degrees if we can get some extra bursts of sun. Plan on a high in the mid 50s today, and a low in mid 30s overnight tonight as the clouds start to clear up and radiational cooling takes over.
Temperatures jump back into the mid 50s on Saturday. I don’t think skies will be completely clear; we’ll likely see some lingering low-level clouds until the low is able to get far enough offshore. However, conditions will continue to improve through the day, and we’ll see overnight lows in the upper 30s Saturday night. The one concern on Saturday will be with the wind as the low continues to deepen, with gusts in excess of 20mph across the region on Saturday. Partly cloudy skies return on Sunday, with highs near 60 and lows in the low 40s Sunday night.
A strong ridge of high pressure builds in starting Monday, and we’ll see temperatures in the mid 60s for the first half of the week. Our next cold front will swing through later next week, bringing some more precipitation and another blast of colder air.