We begin the work week with very warm and windy conditions in the Mid-Atlantic. With sunshine and southwest winds at 15-25 mph (gusting to 30+ mph), this afternoon’s high temperatures will soar into the upper 70s and could touch 80° in spots south of Richmond. The record for Richmond International Airport for Monday is 76°, set in 1979. A cold front will slide across the state tonight, bringing variable cloud cover and possibly a passing sprinkle or light shower.
Seasonably cooler air moves in tomorrow, with highs in the low 60s. Then our attention turns to the big travel day on Wednesday.
A significant coastal storm will impact the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. At this point, it looks like a rainy Wednesday morning and afternoon all along the Mid-Atlantic travel corridors. The day will also be very chilly, with highs only in the low 40s. As the storm departs our area Wednesday afternoon and evening, cold air will sweep in behind the storm. This may allow rain to briefly mix with and change to wet snow from west to east across the state. Ground surface temperatures look like they will stay above freezing until the precipitation is over, so the accumulation threat is quite low. A lot of the specifics with this storm may change in the next 24-36 hours, and we will continue to post frequent updates.
The storm will continue moving away from us Thanksgiving morning, leading to a variably cloudy and cool day with highs in the 40s. A weak disturbance will cross the area Thanksgiving Day and may have enough moisture to cause a few sprinkles or flurries (especially in the mountains).
Black Friday will be mostly sunny with daybreak temps in the mid to upper 20s and highs in the mid 40s. Warmer air will move in next weekend with highs getting back into the 50s.
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