Colder temps, but no snow expected
Chilly weather headed to area next week
By Henry Culvyhouse
The remains of super typhoon Nuri is making its way across the Bering Strait, forcing a blast of Arctic air to hit the lower 48 states next week.
Nuri is expected to interrupt the jet stream near the Arctic Circle, which will lower temperatures east of the Rocky Mountains by an average of 10 to 30 degrees, harkening conditions seen in last year’s polar vortex. Cities in the northern and central Great Plains and the Great Lakes region are expected to get hit the hardest.
The Shenandoah Valley will be largely spared from the snow and ice-cold blasts, according to Kevin Witt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling.
“Places in the mountains might see a few flakes of snow, but in the valley, the temperatures will cool and any precipitation will be rain,” Witt said.
Today and Sunday, temperatures are expected to peak in the upper 50s, with light south winds between 3 to 9 mph. During the evening, lows are expected to dip into the upper 30s, with a 20 percent chance of rain tonight. Monday and Tuesday are expected to be mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s and lows in the lower 40s during the evenings.
Witt said the cold front would move into the area on Wednesday, with temperatures expected to reach 50 degrees and drop to 32 during the evening.
“What happens is there is high pressure in the Great Lakes, causing north-easterly winds to stream through the valley,” Witt said. “The temperatures will definitely drop towards the latter part of the week.”
Thursday and Friday, the highs will be in the 40s, with lows in the 30s. Witt said the cold front would make temperatures slightly cooler than the average for November.
“In Northern Virginia, the average highs in November are typically in the 50s to the lower 60s and the lows generally in the low 30s,” Witt said. “This cold front will make the highs about five to seven degrees lower than average and the lows about three to five degrees cooler than average.”
Witt said there is a silver lining to next week’s outlook.
“The cold air mass will probably moderate early on Saturday,” Witt said. “As it settles, it will warm up and by the end of the weekend, we will probably have average temperatures once again.”
However, for those traveling to the Chicago area next week, take a warm jacket. Highs there are expected to be in the mid thirties and snow is a possibility.
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