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First Warning Forecast: Tracking rain, wind and much colder air

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 16:02:42-04

Tracking rain, wind and much colder air….After several days of warm, sunny weather, we’re in for a big drop in temperatures and quite a bit of rain this weekend. We’re tracking an area of low pressure that will move in from the southwest. Saturday will likely start dry under partly  to mostly cloudy skies. But as we move through the day, the clouds will build and thicken, giving way to scattered showers by afternoon and evening. High temperatures will be in the low and mid 50s.

Scattered rain will likely continue into Sunday as low pressure moves offshore and strengthens. The system will be so large that our area will mainly see rain, but our friends to the northeast will likely see snow from it. At this point, however, we’re mainly tracking rain for Hampton Roads. Our winds will crank up with the low offshore Sunday, blowing in from the north between 15 and 20 mph, ushering in some very chilly weather.  High temperatures will dip into the upper 40s on Sunday. Some minor flooding will also be possible.

By next week, we’ll dry out and warm up. High temperatures will start the week in the lower 50s. By midweek, highs will climb into the lower 70s.

Friday Night: Partly Cloudy and Chilly. Low temperatures in the mid 40s. Winds: Var 5-15 mph.

Saturday: Partly to Mostly Cloudy. Scattered PM Rain (50%). Much Cooler. Windy. High temperatures in the low and mid 50s. Winds: NE 10-20 mph.

Sunday: Mostly Cloudy. Scattered Rain (60%). Chilly and Windy. High temperatures in the upper 40s. Winds: N 15-20 mph.

Weather & Health for Saturday

Pollen: Moderate-High (Juniper, Birch, Sycamore)

UV Index: 3 (Moderate)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Low

Friday in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

1841 Winter Storm: 30″ Snow Tidewater over a 3 day period

Dominic Brown
First Warning Meteorologist
WTKR-TV NewsChannel 3
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