Cold front moves in Tuesday; rain/snow mix possible in Hampton Roads Thanksgiving morning

Sarah J. Ketchum
Contact Reporterspawlowski@dailypress.com

Say goodbye to the nearly 80-degree weather and sunshine we enjoyed on Monday. Hampton Roads is going to get much cooler and wetter over the next couple of days, and we may even see some flurries by Thanksgiving morning.

A system of low pressure building off a cold front will drop Tuesday's high temperature into the low 60s and bring rain by Tuesday night, according to Scott Minnick, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield.

Expect a high temperature Tuesday of about 63 degres early in the day, dropping to 45 degrees overnight.

Widespread rainfall is expected to continue all day Wednesday and possibly into Thursday morning as the temperatures continue to drop, he said. Wednesday's high will likely be in the mid-40s, dropping to the low-to mid-30s overnight. It's possible the area could see flurries or a rain/snow mix Wednesday night or Thursday morning, but it's not expected to stick, he said.

"There may be some flurries, but no accumulation," he said. "(We) can't rule out a rain/snow mix."

The system is expected to move out by Thursday morning, and Thanksgiving should be dry.

Overall, the area will see about 1 to 11/2 inches of precipitation from Tuesday to Thursday morning. Local flooding is possible, Minnick said, but it shouldn't be more than a nuisance. Areas along the coast should see the greatest amounts of rainfall, he said.

Wind gusts of up to 30 mph are also possible Wednesday, with stronger winds near the coast, he said.

If you're planning to do any early Black Friday shopping, bundle up. Temperatures Thursday night will likely be near or below freezing, Minnick said. Ice on sidewalks or roadways does not appear to be a concern. Breezy weather and sunshine throughout the day Thursday should dry surfaces before temperatures hit freezing, he said.

The air should start to warm back up again on Friday, he said. The weekend forecast shows high temperatures back into the 50s.

Pawlowski can be reached by phone at 757-247-7478.

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