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RICHMOND, Va. -- It is cold outside. Friday morning temperatures are in the single digits and low teens.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for the Northern Neck of Virginia, where wind chills will approach zero degrees, and along and west of the Blue Ridge, where wind chills will fall into the range of -5 to -10 degrees.

Friday will be a partly cloudy and very cold day, with highs in the upper 20s and low 30s.

A storm system will spread moisture into the region late Friday night into daybreak Saturday.

The precipitation will begin as freezing rain (liquid falling and freezing on contact), but will transition to a regular cold light rain as temperatures warm above freezing around sunrise.

Areas well south and east will see a little ice but mostly rain.

Areas north and west of Richmond will hang onto a wintry mix until late morning or midday.

Far northern and western Virginia will keep the wintry mix into early afternoon.

Precipitation amounts will be light in the metro, but some slick spots will be possible, primarily on elevated surfaces.

There is a better chance of a very light dusting or glaze on untreated surfaces north and west of Richmond.

The heaviest precipitation will fall in far northern and western Virginia, where travel may become icy into early afternoon.

A warm front will push northward Saturday with temperatures rising into the upper 40s and lower 50s.

A shot of heavier rain and a few thunderstorms will pass through on Sunday as temperatures jump into the 60s.

Colder air will return Sunday night into Monday morning, and the final hours of the precipitation may turn back to some sleet.

Precipitation will overspread the cold air in place on Tuesday, bringing us another round of freezing rain.

Sunshine and quiet weather is expected next Wednesday. There is the possibility for some light snow next Friday, the confidence in a model solution that far into the future is very low.