If you like sunshine, you'll be a big fan of today. High pressure maintains its hold on our skies, though cooler air in place will bring temperatures down about ten degrees compared to yesterday. Look for an influx of clouds tonight as our next storm system approaches the area. Rain from this system will start to fall Saturday afternoon, and the rain will continue overnight into the first half of Sunday. Want a few sunny hours to go outside this weekend? You'll have to wait until Sunday afternoon.
Even though we ended 2011 with a rainfall surplus in excess of five inches above normal, this year has been fairly dry. We received a little more than two inches in all of January, but have started February on a wet note with nearly two-thirds of an inch of rain. This weekend's storm could bring at least half an inch of rain to the area.
While we're talking rain and dry conditions, remember that the spring fire season in Virginia begins on February 15 and lasts until April 30. It is illegal to burn trash or debris before 4:00pm during this time. You can view the press release in its entirety from Governor Bob McDonnell by clicking here.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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