Winter weather alerts are posted for northern and parts of western Virginia as significant accumulations of snow and sleet will be possible late Wednesday night through Thursday. But today will feel like Spring with a big warm-up! A warm front lifted through our area last night, with southerly winds bringing in much warmer air and more moisture into our region. Temperatures have been climbing overnight, and they will soar into the upper 50s and lower 60s in the Greater Richmond Metro Area. Those of you farther south will be even warmer, with highs in the lower 70s. Those of you farther north will be cooler in the lower 50s. This is because rain showers will continue off-and-on most of today there. Although some scattered showers are possible in Richmond today, our highest rain chances occur after 7PM through the overnight period.
Thursday morning after sunrise (temperature 40 degrees), rain will mix with and change to sleet, then sleet will mix with and change to snow as the morning hours tick by. At this time, it looks like the complete change-over to snow in Richmond will happen around 10 to 11 AM, but temperatures will still be above freezing at that time. We should fall below freezing by noon, which will allow snow to accumulate, creating slick and hazardous road conditions. We expect one to three inches of snow accumulation in the Richmond Metro, with the highest totals in northern and west-central Virginia. Snow will end from northwest to southeast Thursday afternoon and evening.
Much colder air will settle into our region behind the Thursday cold front, with Friday morning falling into the mid teens. This could set a new record low for Richmond. Friday will stay cold, with highs around freezing, even with partly sunny skies.
Saturday morning will be frigid again in the teens, but our temperatures will gradually recover the rest of the weekend. Saturday afternoon highs will make it into the 40s, and Sunday will reach the 50s. The weekend will be dry, and it looks like we’ll remain dry at the beginning of the next work-week. Temperatures by Monday and Tuesday will also be close to seasonal averages for early March.
Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning at 2 AM, when we set the clocks forward one hour (Spring Forward).
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