RICHMOND (WRIC)—February looks to end on a frigid note, as a cold snap sweeps through metro Richmond. The ABC 8 News viewing area can expect a brisk Friday and mild weekend ahead of possible rain and snow next week.
Arctic air will be in place across Central Virginia on Friday, so despite the sunshine, temperatures will struggle to get out of the lower 30s across most of the ABC 8 News viewing area. Friday evening will be clear, but clouds will increase after midnight, with lows in the lower 20s, but rising toward the morning hours.
Saturday will feature mostly cloudy skies, as a weak weather system passes nearby. High temperatures will climb into the middle 40s. Partly sunny skies will be over the region on Sunday and it will be mild, with highs near 60 degrees. A cold front will push into the region Sunday night and bring rain into the region.
The newest weather models continue to slide this system a touch further south on Monday, so while rain will be the main part of the forecast, areas from Culpeper to Fredericksburg need to be aware that the rain will probably mix with and change to snow. High temperatures will range from the middle 30s north and west to the lower 40s for the Richmond metro area and points south and east. That weather system will move off the coast Monday night and it could draw down some cold air as it exits, changing the rain to snow across the rest of Central Virginia. Typically, we do not receive much in the way of snow from rain-to-snow changeover types of systems, but this one bears watching.
Tuesday and Wednesday will be quiet, with partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s. Toward the end of the week our weather gets interesting, as all of our weather models develop a significant coastal storm and bring it into Virginia for Thursday and Friday. This has the potential to be a very significant winter snowstorm. It is not set in stone, but the signs are looking very likely that this might happen. Keep in mind that the region has had a history of big snowstorms in March in recent years, so this is not out of the ordinary.
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