Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Weekend Forecast

Friday (4/18/14) 3:30pm Blog

Current Satellite Imagery via NOAA

A low pressure system across the northeastern Gulf of Mexico is spreading plenty of clouds and moisture into the southeast.  It will slowly work across northern Florida and off the Georgia/South Carolina coast before making more of an easterly turn and heading out to sea.  Current radar shows some very heavy rains across much of Florida/Georgia/eastern Alabama/South Carolina.  Some of these areas will see upwards of 3-5" over the next few days.
Surface/Radar 2:55pm via SimuAWIPS
The moisture from this system is going to run into a wall of dry air from high pressure working down from eastern Canada into the northeast.  This will keep most areas of Virginia pretty dry, with the exception being some showers during the first half of the day Saturday across southeastern portions of the state. The current Weather Prediction Center 72 hour precipitation forecast shows anywhere from 0.10-.0.25" for areas both east of the Blue Ridge and south of I-64 with up to 0.50" across far southeast Virginia in the VA Beach area.  North of there, expect lots of cloud cover tonight from easterly flow off the ocean.  Precipitation and clouds should break up from northwest to southeast during the day Saturday, setting the stage for a very pleasant Easter Sunday with partly cloudy skies and temperatures generally ranging from 65-70 degrees.
WPC 72 1-3 day Precipitation

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