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‘Polar Vortex’ Freezes Central Virginia

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RICHMOND (WRIC)—The ABC 8 News StormTracker weather team is closely monitoring the coldest weather the Commonwealth has seen in decades.

Diminishing winds Tuesday night will shut down the wind chill machine over the area, but clear skies will allow for another night with lows in the single digits to lower teens.  Wednesday will be mostly sunny and while highs will only be in the lower 30s it will feel much warmer to most of use. Milder weather is on tap for the area over the next few days as the arctic air slides off to the east and out of the area.  It will be partly cloudy Wednesday night with overnight lows falling back into the lower 20s.

Thursday will be partly sunny and in the lower 40s.  A weak weather system will cross the area Thursday night into Friday.  Precipitation will be very light with it, but the air is cold enough to where a light wintry mix is possible Thursday night with light rain on Friday morning.  Friday’'s highs will be in the middle 40s.  It will warm dramatically over the weekend, with highs back into the 60s Saturday through Monday.  However, there will be 2 weather systems crossing the area each bringing rain for us.  The first will appear Saturday night into Sunday and then on Monday, lingering into Tuesday.

Nearly every major school system in the region is will be opening late Wednesday due to the extreme weather conditions. CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS.

Freezing temperatures can pose serious health risks if you are exposed to the cold for an extended period of time. Click here to learn about how to recognize and prevent frostnip, frostbite and hypothermia. It is also unsafe to leave pets outside.

The City of Richmond's Cold Weather Overflow Shelter, located in the Public Safety Building at 505 N. 9th St., will be open 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Thursday, Jan. 9. Registration is 7 to 9 p.m., food is not provided and pets are not allowed. Commonwealth Catholic Charities will operate the Cold Weather Day Warming site, located at 511 W. Grace St., from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday, Jan. 8. The elderly and those with disabilities in need of assistance during the cold weather should contact Senior Connections at 804-343-3000, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Electricity use is expected to reach a record high on Tuesday. If you find yourself without power, call 866-DOM-HELP.


Stay with ABC 8 News on air and online throughout this and other winter storms that will affect our area this season.

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