Weather! More mild weather; grab the umbrella today

More mild weather for the rest of this week. Grab that umbrella for Wednesday afternoon, and then put it away and enjoy the sunshine through Friday!

An important programming note: the National Weather Service WSR-88D Doppler radar located adjacent to the office in Wakefield is going to go down on Friday for an upgrade to dual polarization technology (PDF). The unit will remain out of service for about a week while the unit is upgraded. Originally this deployment had been scheduled for later this month; however, they have been running well ahead of schedule, and have bumped up the upgrade to the Wakefield unit accordingly.

Some clouds are beginning to encroach from the west tonight, thanks to a deep upper-level trough scooting across the middle of these United States. Clouds will increase as it arrives Wednesday afternoon, giving us a brief period of rain showers, and then move out to sea as quickly as it arrived, leaving only clear skies and cooler weather in its wake.

Wednesday: Increasing clouds will be the prominent feature in the morning hours. We’ll start off in the low 30s, warming to near 50 by the early afternoon. Look for most of the rain to fall between noon and sunset. Though it won’t be necessarily heavy at any point in time, expect a wet evening commute. Any lingering showers will diminish by Wednesday night, leaving partly cloudy skies in its wake. Temperatures dip into the upper 20s behind the cold front overnight.

Thursday: Clear skies and a light breeze will be the story for Thursday, as high pressure returns to the southeastern US. Temperatures will make it back to near 50 under mostly sunny skies, and dip back into the upper 20s Thursday night.

Friday: Continued clear and mild conditions will close out the week. Expect a high in the mid 50s and a low in the low 30s.

Winter(!) returns to the picture for this weekend, as a cold front heads toward the region Friday night and into Saturday. Increasing clouds and light precip are expected for the beginning of the weekend, replaced by sharply colder temperatures and gusty winds behind the front. By Sunday, temperatures may have trouble making it out of the 30s before returning to more mild temperatures by Tuesday. There’s been some rumblings of a possible winter storm (could it mean SNOW?) by some of the models, but given their relative performance this winter, I’m not even thinking about it at this point. We’ll see if things come into alignment over the next couple days.

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Dan Goff is now a two-time former Richmonder, having departed the River City yet again in favor of southwest Virginia, where he is working on degrees in geography and meteorology at Virginia Tech. Have a question about the weather or weather-related phenomena?

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