RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A wet start to the weekend is on tap for us and a very intriguing end to the weekend/start to the new week is looming.
First, tonight through Saturday midday we are going to be in for a soaking rainfall in the area as a nor’easter heads up the Eastern Seaboard. Lows will be in the lower to middle 30s. A little wintry mix is possible in the far western part of the viewing area, but that is not going to be much of an issue.
Saturday we will have rain to start the day off. As the back edge of the precipitation moves over us during the late morning and early afternoon, this system will snap some colder air in aloft. That could give us a very short bust of non-accumulating snow in the region. By sunset I would not be surprised to see a lot of breaks in the clouds with highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s.
Saturday night will be fair and near 30; Sunday partly cloudy and around 50. Sunday night through Monday is the issue. A strong Alberta Clipper will roll in here on Sunday night and Monday, setting us up for cold weather Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday. Here is the problem. The NAM model takes this storm north of US. That would mean rain Sunday night ending with some wet snow Monday AM, and not many issues. The GFS model—which has just had a major upgrade—is slower and WAY south of the area in where the storm goes. This would result in the colder air here before the moisture and what could be a snowy Monday. The CMC & ECMWF are right over or just south of us. That would give us some snow mixed with rain. Right now I lean towards the snow & rain mix for most of us with lows near freezing and highs in the mid to upper 30s.
However, I will stress that this upcoming situation is very changeable and that you need to pay attention to the latest forecasts throughout the weekend in case the colder solution become more likely. If that happens it would have significant impacts on your Monday.
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