What the hell happened to Spring?

Cold and windy this morning with snow possible.
Cold and windy this morning with snow possible.

Yes, the temperature outside is below 30  throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southwestern Virginia Saturday morning and it will hit a high in the 30s during the day.

Then the thermometer hits 20 or below overnight before starting a slow warming trend on Sunday and into next week.

Snow showers are projected this morning.  Wind gusts up to 27 miles per hour and an advisory of potential problems from the gusts.

From the National Weather Service in Blacksburg:

.. WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING…

* LOCATIONS… SOUTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA AND SOUTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL VIRGINIA.

* HAZARDS… VERY STRONG GUSTY WINDS.

* TIMING… THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS… STRONG WINDS CAN BLOW DOWN TREE LIMBS AND WEAKER TREES AND WILL BE A HAZARD TO HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES ON NORTH- SOUTH ORIENTED ROADWAYS. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES MAY OCCUR.

* WINDS… NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT… ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

The average temperature for this time of year locally is a high of 61 with a low of 36.

This is Spring?

This is an El Nino year and just about anything is possible.

Adds the NSW:

… STRONG GUSTY WINDS THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON WITH FREEZING TEMPERATURES THIS MORNING… WITH A HARD FREEZE TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING…

.A STRONG ALBERTA CLIPPER WILL MOVE THROUGH THE MID-ATLANTIC TODAY FOLLOWED BY A SIGNIFICANT SURGE OF ARCTIC AIR FOR EARLY APRIL. STRONG… GUSTY WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP EARLY THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO THE AFTERNOON AS A TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT DEVELOPS BETWEEN AN ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING SOUTHEAST FROM THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES AND THE CLIPPER SYSTEM LOCATED OVER THE NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC. TEMPERATURES WILL BE UNSEASONABLY COLD TODAY… REMAINING BELOW FREEZING IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS AND GENERALLY ONLY REACHING THE 30S WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE TO THE 40S ACROSS THE PIEDMONT. AS THE ARCTIC HIGH SETTLES OVER THE REGION SUNDAY MORNING… A HARD FREEZE IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE ENTIRE REGION WITH LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER TEENS ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS TO THE MID 20S ACROSS THE PIEDMONT.

Two weeks ago we were basking in high 50s, 60s and even 70.

Now it’s cold.  Damn cold.  Plants freeze, heat comes on and arthritic muscles ache.

In 2016, anything is possible.  Cold weather and snow in April and insanity in the Presidential election.

Sunday, we are told, will hit 55 degrees Sunday with winds of about nine miles per hour from the south.  That will be a break from the 40 degree days with blustery winds.

Monday is projected to climb into the mid 60s with winds at about 12 miles per hour.  Then a high of 52 with rain Tuesday and a return to sunny days with highs from 59 or so through the weekend.

Spring was here for a while but took a hike.

 

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