Saturday’s First Warning Forecast: Warm and windy, then big changes thanks to a cold front

Posted at 11:20 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 23:20:20-05

The First Warning Storm Team is tracking some big changes for your weekend. First we’ll warm up and feel like spring, and then we’ll have a big drop in temperatures. The cool down, all thanks to a strong cold front.

Heading into Saturday, we’re tracking 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. Expect mostly sunny conditions. A strong cold front will move through by mid-afternoon into the evening, and it’s going to bring some big changes! Clouds will increase and winds will pick up as well. Winds will be out of the west-southwest 15-25 mph. We could see gusts around 30-35 mph by Saturday night. A few showers are possible as well.

Sunday will feel much colder! We’ll have gusty winds out of the west all day. That is going to help push much colder air into the region. Highs will only be in the lower 50s. We will see clearing skies throughout the day.

It will be a cool start to the workweek. We’ll see highs only in the low and mid 50s. Dry conditions on tap under mostly sunny skies. We will have a few showers possible though, by Thanksgiving. Temperatures will be milder though into the mid 60s.

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: WNW 15-25 mph, gusts to 30-35 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the low to mid 50s.

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 (50%)

April Loveland
First Warning Meteorologist
WTKR-TV News 3
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