While a pesky upper-level low pressure system sticks around for one more day, there’s some improvement in store. Temperatures climb back to near the average as early as Tuesday. Enjoy the warmth!
Some of the higher elevations in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina saw snow this weekend. Snowshoe Mountain, WV recorded 9” of snow by this morning!
Thankfully, it never got that cold in Richmond over the weekend. However, we’re not quite back to the climatological average just yet. The pesky cut-off area of low pressure that’s been responsible for last week’s misery and last weekend’s cold weather is lingering over the northeast, and still funneling a bit of cold air down into the Mid-Atlantic.
There have been some lingering showers on this Monday. However, these have started diminishing, and will continue to do so as the afternoon progresses. However, another burst of clouds circulating around the low will keep things pretty cool and overcast for the rest of today, with a high near 60. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies and a low tonight in the mid 40s.
Temperatures climb to near 70 on Tuesday as a large upper-level ridge and associated surface high pressure move eastward, finally pushing the northeast low out of the way. Cloudcover will also decrease as some dry air moves in at all levels of the atmosphere, but I think we won’t be totally cloud-free. That said, partly cloudy skies will still make for a very nice day. Expect those conditions to continue through the night, with a low in the low 50s.
The clouds almost entirely clear out by Wednesday, and temps are able to climb into the mid 70s before cooling off to back to near 50 overnight.
The climatological averages for this time of year are 75 and 53, so this puts us very close to where we should be. The ridge looks like it is going to stick around through the weekend; make sure to take advantage of it!