Strong Winds, Icy Temps Hit Central Virginia

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RICHMOND (WRIC)—In the wake of Thursday night's rain and snow, the greater Richmond area faced black ice on the roads, power outages and freezing temperatures Friday morning.

Several area school districts are either closed or opening late today. CLICK HERE for a complete list of closing and delays.

As of 9 a.m., nearly 2,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers in New Kent County were without power, as are more than 300 in Charles City County and more than 100 in Prince George County. The total number of outages in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico counties and the City of Richmond was fewer than 100.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says its crews are working to apply sand and salt to roads affected by ice, especially on bridges, overpasses, shaded and low-lying areas.

The year 2014 is bringing more chilly weather our way; here's the latest ABC 8 News StormTracker weather team forecast:

Clear skies and diminishing winds will allow for a very
chilly night in the area.  Overnight lows
will fall to between 11-17 over the area, but this is only a one night round of
the arctic air.  We will have a brief
warm up over the weekend before the next and stronger surge of arctic air aloft
comes into our area.  

Saturday will
be sunny with highs rebounding into the upper 30s to around 40s.  Saturday night clouds will return into the
area with a more moderate low in the upper 20s to near 30. Sunday will be
mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the afternoon and the evening hours.
Highs should warm to near 50, most likely late in the day.  Sunday night into Monday another arctic front
comes by.  This will cause our temps to
crash dive on Monday in the area.

Tuesday into Wednesday will be the coldest we have seen in a while.  At about 5,000 feet aloft the temperatures
will fall to -15° to -10°. Even with fully sunshine, it will be very tough to
warm up in the area. Early morning lows will be in the single digits to around
12.  Tuesday will warm to the middle 20s
at best, and back above freezing on Wednesday. The end of next week should be a
little milder.

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

Keep the ABC 8 News StormTracker weather team in your pocket—download the 8News StormTracker app on your Apple or Android device. Features include hour-by-hour forecasts, exclusive extended forecasts, live streaming radar, severe weather alerts and more.

Be sure to follow @8NEWS and @8NewsWeather on Twitter for up-to-the minute weather updates. You can also follow the 8News StormTracker weather team: John Bernier (@JGB_Think_Snow), Matt DiNardo (@MattDiNardo), Tim Pandajis (@TimPandajisWRIC) and Katie Dupree (@KatieDupreeWx).

When severe weather hits in your area, share your photos with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #8NewsWx.

 

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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