RICHMOND (WRIC)—The ABC 8 News StormTracker weather team is monitoring a blast of arctic air that will keep regional temperatures below freezing until Saturday. The weekend brings milder temperatures, but next week the frigid air returns and we could even see a bit of snow.
The arctic front that came through Central Virginia on Thursday night is certainly being felt Friday morning, with very cold temperatures and a strong wind. We will see mostly sunny skies Friday, but temperatures will struggle to reach 25 degrees, and with the northwest wind it will feel more like 10 to 15 degrees.
We will have clear skies early Friday evening and night, so our temperatures will fall back into the middle teens, but clouds will increase ahead of our next weather system.
Even though the Commonwealth's interstates and primary highways have been cleared in the wake of Tuesday's snowstorm, the Virginia Department of Transportation is still encouraging drivers to stay off the roads if possible, as black ice is likely throughout the region. VDOT says many secondary and neighborhood streets are still covered in packed snow that will remain until temperatures rise above freezing. More than 150 schools and major school districts remain closed Friday due to these road conditions.
Saturday will feature mostly cloudy skies, and there is a chance of a flurry or two, but the bulk of the moisture from this system will pass well to our north. The clouds will make for another cold day on Saturday, as highs climb into the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. Our skies will clear out Saturday evening, and temperatures will drop into the lower and middle teens.
Sunday and Monday will feature partly sunny skies, with highs in the middle 30s to near 40 degrees. Another arctic front will cross later Monday, and that will set the stage for another round of very cold temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Some of the long-range models want to develop a wave of moisture on the back end of this front and have it make a run at the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia for Wednesday. Right now, the pattern is too progressive, and this system will eject more out to sea rather than ride up the coast; it certainly bears watching.
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