Blog: Rain, Rain, Go Away! Especially For Mother’s Day!

Mothers Day

We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the rain, but it is still way off in the distance.  We have had on-and-off showers since last night.  There were many wet roads during the morning commute.

Satellite/Radar This Morning

The weather pattern is still stuck.  A stationary front looms to the west.  The jetstream is still dipping over our area running from northwest to southeast.  At the surface a weak area of low pressure formed along the front, and it actually moved west a bit last night.

Regional Weather Map

We still have that cool/humid/onshore flow today.  Clouds are thick.  Rain showers are scattered.  We’ll see more scattered showers this morning.  Winds are out of the east at 10-15mph with a few gusts to 20mph near the shore.  We’ve only had a couple tenths of an inch over the last 24 hours.  A little more in places.  Today we’ll see another couple tenths of an inch.

Rainfall Forecast

Rain showers will increase by the late afternoon into the evening.

Future Trak (4pm)

We’ll have wet weather for the evening commute.  Tonight showers will be on and off.  After midnight the area of low pressure to the west will start to strengthen and move east.  As that happens the rain will pick up in intensity and coverage.  Our Future Trak model picks up on an area of heavier ran (and possibly thunderstorms) around Petersburg by 2am.  It moves this area (yellow/orange on map below) east during the pre-dawn hours.

Future Trak (Early Sat AM)

Some of the heavier rain will be around between 7-9am.  That’s bad news for the CHKD Runwalk in Norfolk.  Then the showers will slowly break up between 9am and 1pm.

Future Trak (Midday Saturday)

We may pick up another 1-1.5″ of rain between tonight and midday tomorrow. I don’t think we’ll see flooding from that, but perhaps some ponding on the roads.

Rain Totals Forecast (Now-Saturday)

With the persistent easterly wind lately, there may be some nuisance to minor tidal flooding tonight.  This would be between 10pm and 1am.  It doesn’t look too bad.  The forecast calls for it to just reach minor levels in the region.

During the afternoon, the low will start pushing away from the area.  So we’ll slowly start drying out.  We may even clear up a bit in some places during the late afternoon.  High temps will be near 70. Winds will be out of the northwest.  High pressure will build in on Sunday.  So the weather still looks great for Mother’s Day.  High temps will be in the mid 70s.  Nice!  We’ll finally have some drier weather and warmer temperatures next week.  Highs will be in the 70s and 80s.  In fact we might hit the upper 80s by mid-week.  Back to some good beach weather.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


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