RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Cooler weather is on tap for a few days along with a little bit of light rain in the area Tuesday night and on Wednesday.  A more significant system will be here over the upcoming weekend.

Fair skies can be expected tonight for us with the overnight lows dropping back into the middle 30s. That’s seasonable for this part of December.

Clouds will return to the area by midday tomorrow and precipitation will start to approach the mountains to our west by late in the day.  There could even be a little bit of snow on tap at higher elevations in the western part of the state.

Here we will see a little bit of spotty rain in the late evening and overnight hours as a cold front sweeps through the area.

During the day on Wednesday, very cold air aloft will yield the risk of cloudburst type showers over us.

When it is all said and done, rainfall amounts just won’t be a whole lot over the area unless you are at higher elevations.

Wednesday and Thursday are going to be the chilly days with highs only in the mid to upper 40s.  However, by Thursday night, the cold air will be moving off the coast and we will head into the weekend with warmer temperatures over us.

I am looking at temperatures warming into the 60s over the weekend and potentially the mid to upper 60s on Sunday.

Sunday will all depend on when the next weather system comes in.  The GFS model that you see here is the quickest, which would make for a wet Sunday morning, but drier weather in the afternoon.  The ECMWF model on the other hand is a good 12 hours slower and would imply a warm and damp Sunday with the heavier rainfall at night.