A rather strong cold front moving through later this week will take away this gorgeous mid-November weather and leave only rain and cooler temps in its wake.
Not unlike last week, plenty of sun and warm temperatures – warmer than last week – kick off the week. It’s only noon and we’re already at 75 degrees. This is all thanks to an area of high pressure situated along the SE Atlantic coast.
A rather strong frontal system is swinging through the midwest this afternoon, where the threat of severe weather includes fast-spawning tornadoes across Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. We’ll head into the upper 70s around Richmond, just short of the record for the day of 81. Temperatures will dip into the mid 50s tonight, under partly clear skies.
Clouds build in on Tuesday as the front begins to approach western Virginia. Highs will again climb into the upper 70s, with a low in the mid 50s. I think we’ll stay mostly dry, but some pre-frontal dynamics may lead to some showers in parts of the region, especially north of Richmond.
The front makes its way into Virginia for real on Wednesday. Clouds and rain will keep temperatures down some, topping out in the upper 60s in the early afternoon. Rain picks up during the morning. If we can get some breaks of sun or if the rain holds off until later in the afternoon, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some thunderstorms develop as well. Those that do pop up will quickly fade as the sun begins to set and heating quickly subsides. While strong wind gusts and isolated hail are a possibility, I don’t think the setup favors much in the way of tornadoes. Temperatures drop sharply Wednesday night, into the lower 40s, as the front clears out and high pressure moves in behind.
Temperatures will drop into the low 50s for highs behind the front later this week, though they will be back up to near 60 by Sunday.