Mountain wave and lenticular clouds helped keep parts of the area fairly gray through mid-afternoon, but everyone has seen sunshine since then. The clouds to the east and sun to the west led to a fairly wide range in temperatures through midday, yet brighter skies sent most spots near or above 60 this afternoon. Warmer air is scheduled to stick around for another 48 hours or so, before cold comes crashing back into the region later this week.
Through Tonight: With moisture levels on the rise, our overnight cooling is somewhat limited, even with mostly clear skies overhead. Some upper 30s are possible in the cooler spots north and west, with the rest of the area near or above 40. Downtown may only settle to the mid-40s. Winds are from the northwest around 5-10 mph.
Tomorrow (Tuesday): We’ve got a real taste of spring ahead. Skies are partly cloudy overall, but maybe mostly cloudy at times. A wind switching from the northwest to south helps pump in warmer air. Highs rise to the mid-and-upper 60s, with perhaps a 70 mixed in D.C. and south. Winds are generally light, around 5-10 mph.
Are you ready? Tomorrow is tornado preparedness day in Virginia. While Virginia and the rest of the local region is not as active as other parts of the country when it comes to tornadoes, they are rather common. 67 struck the state over the past three years, with 10 deaths a result. Part of being ready is planning. Among other activities to mark the occasion, a statewide tornado drill will be held at 9:45 a.m. The NWS, local governments, many schools, and other businesses will take part. The drill will include test tornado warnings, sirens sounding in various municipalities, and more. For additional details, check out the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.