Some high, thin clouds will be in the sky overnight and it will be chilly once again, although not quite as cold as last night. Low temperatures will range from the upper 20s to low 30s. A surge of warm air will be moving north into the Mid-Atlantic later tomorrow. The associated warm front will spread rain over the region tomorrow evening, continuing overnight. Rain totals will likely fall into the range of 0.50″ and 1″, with the rain ending before sunrise Monday. Then gusty southwest breezes will boost temperatures into record high territory Monday afternoon. It’s quite possible we’ll tie or break the record high at RIC Airport, which is 76°, set in 1979.
A cold front will move through Monday evening, and could trigger a brief shower. Gradually cooler air will surge across the mountains Tuesday into Wednesday. The forecast becomes a bit more challenging Wednesday, as low pressure develops along the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coast. This will likely spread rain up and down the I-95 corridor, with the possibility of some wet snow mixing in, particularly Wednesday evening. At this point, the overall weather pattern does not favor a snowstorm in the Mid-Atlantic. However, being that Wednesday is a big travel day and much of our computer model data is showing a cold Wednesday night, we’ll need to monitor the situation closely.
Thanksgiving is likely to be variably cloudy and somewhat cool, with highs in the upper 40s. Black Friday also looks dry and below “normal” temperature-wise.
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