RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The winter storm is heading up the East Coast right now and pulling the snows up to the northeast. While the roads were mainly wet and slushy here, many lawns and decks in the Metro area picked up 3”-4” of snow.
So far the biggest snowfall report that I have seen is 5” in Mineral, while there is 4” in Short Pump and 4” in Beaverdam.
Overnight the clouds will start to break up towards daybreak, and this will allow for our lows to fall into the upper 20s to the lower 30s. That will create the risk for black ice on the roadways for the morning commute on Thursday.
- Black Ice likely on Thursday morning
- Sunshine and milder next two days
- Next system Saturday Afternoon to Sunday AM
- Weather Aware for Saturday night
- Pattern FINALLY changing next week
Thursday will be mostly sunny and breezy with highs warming into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees. Friday will be a sunny day, starting off around 30 and warming to near 50-54 by the afternoon.
That takes us to the weekend and the next headache coming our way. Cool air will be wedged in over us between today’s storm system that will be well northeast of us and a system coming in from the west. So it is not going to be very warm in the area either Saturday or Sunday. Now the system coming in from the west looks to get suppressed to the south, crossing along the VA/NC line Saturday afternoon and night. This is the same scenario as to what happened with the March 12th system.
With that in mind, I am declaring Saturday afternoon and evening to be a StormTracker8 Weather Aware Day. What I now see from the models is precipitation developing later in the afternoon and in the evening hours. The air aloft is cold enough to support snow, but will it cool enough to allow for this to happen at the ground. There is decent chance that could happen. We will see how it plays out, but accumulation snowfall for areas mainly SOUTH of I-64 is not going to surprise me at all. The good news is that this will be on Saturday night into Sunday morning, which is as lesser traveled period.
By Sunday afternoon we will see the return of sunshine in the area and you can look for highs warming into the upper 40s to around 50.
Next week, Monday through Wednesday looks to be fair over us. I see a good amount of sunshine for us. It will start off cool, but by the time we get to Wednesday the upper level pattern is FINALLY going to flip, making the west cold and the east warmer. That should allow for us to jump into the middle 60s by the latter part of next week.
Don’t jump for joy quiet yet. With this pattern flip will come another storm system for the start of Easter Weekend. Depending upon the timing of it and which model you look at, we could see some strong storms in here. That’s a good 10 day out, but something to be wary of as you make your Easter Plans.