Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Some Rain This Week; Nice Warm Up on Way for the Weekend

(Posted Tuesday 4/28 2:15 am)

2 main players on the table through the rest of the week...

1) An area of low pressure will form along the Gulf of Mexico today before tracking north up the coast on Wednesday. It should stay far enough away to keep most of the steadier precipitation south and east of the Shenandoah Valley. With that said, easterly winds will usher in Atlantic moisture leading to a few upslope-enhanced showers along the mountains Wednesday afternoon and evening.

2) We'll then have a piece of upper level energy swing through on Thursday. There's still some uncertainty regarding exactly how this will interact with the coastal low sitting off the Carolina coast. If the two can tag up, we'll see a decent amount of steady rain. If not, just a few passing showers. Should have a better handle on that later today.

The good news: After this system departs on Friday, the deep trough that's been parked over the east coast (keeping things cool and damp) will finally lift out of the area. Southwest flow will warm things up through the weekend into the beginning of next week with highs returning to the 70s (even 80s not out of the question).

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