RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — While the start of the weekend is going to be a little sloppy over the area, the good news is that this is looking more and more like just a temporary inconvenience that will be melting away by early Saturday evening.
Tonight will be fair in the area with clouds on the increase late in the night. Lows will fall back to 8-12 just after midnight and then start to rise. That should be good enough to challenge Saturday’s record lows of 13°.
Saturday, the next weather system is going to roll in here as warm air floods up the east coast. Since precipitation is going to be a little slower in getting here, the window of opportunity to accumulating any snow will be short before it starts turning over to sleet, then freezing rain and eventually all rainfall.
The changeover line will be moving from southeast to the northwest, so areas such as Charlottesville will have the longest wintry precipitation, and we will be much shorter. The combination of snow & sleet might get to about ½ inch here in the Metro area, before going to freezing rain and then rain. By late afternoon we will be above freezing and stay above there.
Saturday night will be rain, which should melt all the stuff away, with lows in the mid to upper 30s.
Sunday will start off with rain, but it will move out of here. Highs in the afternoon will warm to near 50.
Colder air returns for much of next week with maybe a flurry on Monday morning. Highs for much of the week will only be in the 30s to near 40. Lows will be in the teens and 20s. The storms systems will miss out to the south for much of the week.
Multi week models show that the “alphabet soup” ‘of indices that we use to look at how cold things are going to be in the winter will “flip” to a warmer setup in about 12-14 days. However there are also signs that things could go out with a bang at the end of February and the start of March.