Snow and ice still present in some areas; small system expected Wednesday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Warmer air is on tap for the area for the next few days, along with some rain. Then at the end of the week, we have a close call on a system that at least right now looks more likely to miss than to hit us.

Tonight will be partly cloudy and overnight lows will be falling back into the upper 20s and the lower 30s. That is much warmer than last night and will minimize the iciness out there. However, still use a little bit of caution with late night and early morning travel.

Partly sunny skies are on tap for Tuesday and winds out of the southwest will zoom temperatures all the way up into the mid to upper 40s (there is one model calling for near 60 tomorrow, but let’s not get greedy). Late Tuesday night and through probably midday on Wednesday, I am expecting a period of rain over us.  By no means a bucket filler for the area, but it will melt some of the snow, and generally make things messy. The more important fact is that lows will be in the mid to upper 30s on Tuesday night and the highs in the 40s. That will keep melting the snow.

Thursday will be partly sunny with a high near 42. Thursday night into Friday is THIS week’s weather migraine.  The front that goes offshore on Wednesday will stall.  Long range models have a storm sliding up off the east coast Thursday into Friday. A large number of models have this system as a complete miss for us. Even the worst case model which is maybe a 10%-15% chance right now only looks to squeeze out what could be 1”-2” of snow.

So for right now, I will leave the chance of some mainly rain showers in the forecast for Friday with a high of 45.  A complete miss on the storm could mean we hit the lower 50s.

By the weekend, the pattern is changing and I look for sunshine to return and the highs to jump back into the 50s.  Low 60s are possible to start February off. In fact, I really don’t see a return of cold air until after Super Bowl weekend.

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