First Warning Forecast: A cold front brings big changes this weekend

Posted at 1:05 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 13:05:33-05

A cold front brings big changes this weekend….It’s going to feel a lot like spring and a lot like winter this weekend. Yes, all this weekend!

As we move through our Friday afternoon, expect rather mild conditions. Highs will climb into the upper 60s under mostly sunny skies. Tonight, clear skies are on tap with low temperatures in the upper 40s. Some patchy fog could develop late tonight.

On Saturday, get ready for a huge warm up. High temperatures will soar into the mid 70s. The current record high in Norfolk is 79 degrees, set back in 1964. So, we may be just shy of setting a new record. Still, it’s going to be an unseasonably warm day. We’ll see mostly sunny skies through the morning and early afternoon. But things will change in a big way by mid-afternoon into the evening as a strong cold front pushes in from the west. Clouds will increase and there could be a couple of showers, too. You’ll also notice our winds picking up considerably from the west-southwest between 15 and 25 mph. We’ll likely have gusts between 30 and 35 mph by Saturday night.

Those gusty winds from the west will stay with us throughout the day on Sunday, ushering in some very cold air. High temperatures are expected in the lower 50s Sunday. We may see a few clouds to start the day, but sunshine will be the rule. On Monday and Tuesday, we’ll see highs in the low and mid 50s under mostly sunny skies. But by Thanksgiving, a few showers are possible as temperatures rise back into the mid 60s.

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny and Warmer. Highs in the upper 60s. Winds: N 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Mainly Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Winds: S/SW 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy. PM Showers Possible (20-30%). Much Warmer. Winds pick up. Highs in the mid 70s. Winds: SW-W 15-25 mph, gusts 30-35 mph.

Sunday: Some Morning Clouds. Then, Mostly Sunny. Chilly and Windy. Highs in the low 50s. Winds: W/NW 15-25 mph, gusts to 30-35 mph.

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Low (Mixed)

UV Index: 3 (Moderate)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Low

Tropical Update

Disorganized cloudiness and showers over the southwestern Caribbean Sea are associated with a broad low pressure area.  Upper-level winds are currently only marginally conducive, and during the next couple of days any development should be slow to occur.  After that time, environmental conditions are expected to be more conducive for gradual development, and a tropical depression could form early next week while the low moves slowly and erratically.

Formation chance through 48 hours: Low (near 0%)

Formation chance through 5 days: Medium (60%)


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Dominic Brown
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