A Potentially Wet Weekend Ahead

Raindrops will fall on your head this weekend, and the sunshine following next week will lead to a seasonal concern: higher pollen counts.

Here we are, four days into March, and we've yet to see ten inches of snow this winter in Charlottesville. If Mother Nature has any thoughts of changing that, she'd better hurry up; spring officially begins on Sunday, March 20 at 7:21PM in the eastern United States. The spring-like weather continues on through the next week, with two opportunities for rain between now and the middle of the month.

The first dose of rain will move in this weekend. There will be scattered showers during the day on Saturday, which will build to steadier rain overnight. The steady rain will continue through most of Sunday before tapering Sunday evening. While mainly showers are expected, a few non-severe thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. Model estimates for rainfall amounts range between half an inch and one inch for most of the area, though some isolated areas may see higher amounts. That amount of rain will take a nice chunk out of our yearly rainfall deficit, which stands at 4.95" below normal as of this morning. While well into the future, batch number two of rain could move in next Friday afternoon as a cold front nudges through the eastern United States. This front doesn't look as potent, though there could be enough rain to give most of central Virginia a free car wash.

We're also getting into the time of year where the rains will both clean out the air and promote higher pollen counts. There are few better examples of this than by looking at the past few days. Last Monday's rains followed by sunshine and warm temperatures have allowed the trees to start cranking their pollen machines. Tree pollen levels remain moderate today, and will fall a bit this weekend due to the rain. They'll surge to moderate or high levels early next week as sunshine and mild temperatures return to the area.

Yep. It's tissue and Claratin time!

3, 2, 1, fade out...

Chief Meteorologist Travis Koshko

P.S. - Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 13. Clocks go AHEAD one hour!

(This blog typed while listening to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" by Crosby, Stills, and Nash.)

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