Mostly Cloudy skies will limit seeing the meteor shower tonight

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) –I am keeping a watch on a rather strong Alberta Clipper system that will pass between Washington, DC and the Mason Dixon line tonight. The biggest effect of this system will be to crank up the snow squalls just south of the Great Lakes.

Closer to us, the system will bring some light snow potentially all the way down to near Washington, DC. However with an Alberta Clipper, if you are south of the center of the storm, you rarely see anything but clouds.   And that is what we will see for the most part tonight.

Skies will be mostly cloudy in Central Virginia, which will limit the opportunities to see the Geminid Meteor Shower tonight.

The good side of the clouds being around is that our lows will only fall into the mid to upper 20s. If clear skies were on tap for us, we would have headed down towards pipe popper territory in the teens.

Thursday the clouds are gone in a hurry, so we will enjoy sunshine and watch for highs to zoom right back up into the upper 40s to around 50. Another front will swing through Thursday night into Friday.  Other than bringing up partly cloudy to partly sunny skies it won’t really affect us.   We will dip into the mid 20s on Thursday night and only reach the lower 40s on Friday.  That is the one day chill!

The weather patterns “relax” a bit over the weekend, so it will get warmer for us.   Saturday will be sunny with a high sin the upper 40s. Sunday we will turn partly sunny in the afternoon hours with a possible sprinkle by late in the day to our west.  Highs will range from 50 to 55 degrees.

Monday turns out to potentially be a nice day for us. Skies will be partly cloudy and that will allow for highs in the upper 50s. There are some hints of maybe warming to over 60, but let’s not get excited for that yet.

Next week I am tracking the potential for an “Inside Runner” storm—one that has the center of the storm roll right up the mountains to our west. This would keep us in the warm sector of the storm.  If that is the case, then you will see rain Tuesday night into Wednesday with highs staying in the 50s and overnight lows in the 40s.

After that, the long range trend is going to be back to a rather chilly pattern for the end of next week and into Christmas week.

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