Clear and mild conditions mark the start of this week. Has spring started yet?
After seeing the rain clear out sooner than expected (wasn’t I just talking about frozen precip on Sunday night?), we’re well on our way to a very nice start to the first full week in February – the armpit of the year! This week, or at least the beginning of it, won’t be very armpit-like, however. Take that for whatever it may be worth.
High pressure currently building into the Mississippi Valley will continue moving east over the next couple days. Clear skies and mild temperatures will be the story over the next couple days, if it is a story.
Monday: Temps will start out in the mid and upper 20s this morning as the sun comes up to clear skies. Highs today will approach 55, and then fall into the low 30s tonight.
Tuesday: Clear skies continue on Tuesday, with a high in the upper 50s. Lows fall back into the low 30s on Tuesday night.
Wednesday: Clouds increase during the day as a weak frontal system slides through Virginia. The best chances for rain look to be Wednesday afternoon and evening, with temperatures climbing into the mid 50s ahead of the front. Look for light to moderate rain to develop after noon, lasting into the early evening hours. Temperatures cool back into the low 30s Wednesday night.
Behind the front, mild conditions continue, with highs in the low and mid 50s again for the rest of the work week. There are some model signals about another shot at some snow next weekend. I’m keeping an eye on this for now; we’ll see if the trend continues through this week.