StormTracker 8: A gradual warming trend; rain Friday night

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WRIC-TV (Richmond, Va) – Skies will remain fair and seasonably cool tonight in Central Virginia with overnight lows in the lower to middle 20s.  The exception will be out in the Western Piedmont where you could dip into the upper teens overnight.

Thursday will start off with sunshine, but some high cloudiness will be on the way into the area during the afternoon.  Highs will range from 45-50.   Thursday night will be in the mid 30s under partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Our next weather system is on the way into our area on Friday.  Skies will be mostly cloudy and the risk for rainfall will rapidly increase by the late afternoon and early evening.   Highs will be milder, ranging from the upper 40s to our west to the mid 50s southeast of town.

Currently, I expect a rainy Friday night for us as the main part of the storm system crosses the area.   Part of this will involve the development of a secondary low right over Virginia that will really blossom after it leaves the area.  So rainy and mild weather will be the story with a good 4 to 6-hour period of steady rain on the way.

Saturday, the steady rain is out of the area, but we still have the energy with this storm to cross over us.   We will be partly sunny and mild as highs reach into the middle 50s.  Until at least the middle of the afternoon, we will run the risk of hit and miss showers over us.  They won’t last very long but could contain brief heavy downpours.

Sunday we are back to mostly sunny weather with highs in the lower 50s.  Monday and Tuesday should be sunny and quiet.  Lows right at freezing and highs right around 50.

Next Wednesday, clouds look to be on the increase for us ahead of the next storm that will affect the east.   We won’t have any cold air locked in over us, so there is very limited potential at this time for windy weather in the state.   Highs will be in the upper 40s to middle 50s.

Following this system, we might see a little phasing in atmospheric conditions that could open a window early in February for some wintry weather.  Its something to be monitored over the next week or so.

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