Many of us here in central Virginia have been lulled into a false sense of security over the past couple of weeks. In fact, it seems that short sleeves and light jackets are back in fashion during a time of year when we are typically ADDING the layers on to our bodies! I even saw a convertible or two with tops down earlier in December. Again, not a very common sight around these parts in the days leading up to Christmas. It seemed as if this pattern would take us into the new year, with our high on January 1 reaching nearly 60º. Then...it all changed.
Snowflakes began flying in the mountains of Virginia early on Monday morning and by the afternoon, some of those flakes made their way east of the Blue Ridge. Our Facebook and Twitter pages suddenly began firing up with reports of snow from Madison, Crozet, Orange, Gordonsville, and even Charlottesville! The snow wasn't here for long, but it was a gentle reminder that we are in the month of January. If you liked the taste of cold weather, you're in luck - but not for long.
The jet stream has taken a big dip across Virginia and this will allow for temperatures to remain below average for Tuesday and Wednesday. The coldest temperatures will be felt on Tuesday, when our afternoon temperatures will only climb a few degrees above freezing! With gusty winds factored in, our wind chills will stay in the upper 10s and lower 20s, even during the afternoon. The winds will taper off on Wednesday, but temperatures will remain cold in the upper 30s.
It won't be long until the weather pattern does a complete reversal. Thursday, but especially Friday and Saturday will boast some much milder temperatures, with our highs soaring back into the 50s! A few spots could even get close to 60º. What are your thoughts on this mild winter so far? Would you like to see the snow and cold stay far away, or have you had enough of this warm weather? Leave your comment at the bottom of this blog!