|Moon Phase||Waxing Gibbous Moon|
A line of showers and thunderstorms will move through central Virginia late this afternoon into the early evening hours. The line will produce brief heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts, possibly exceeding 60 mph in the strongest storms. A cold front will then pass through the area, bringing a much colder air mass into the region, with strong northwesterly winds of 20-30 mph sustained, gusting to over 40 mph at times. High wind warnings, wind advisories, and a fire weather watch are all currently active for parts of Virginia. Click here for the current watches and warnings for the region.
Thursday will be a sunny but very cold day, with arctic air in place over the Commonwealth. Brisk northwesterly winds will keep wind chills at or below freezing all day. Southerly flow will return to the area on Friday, allowing high temperatures to reach the mid 50s under mostly sunny skies. Saturday looks to be the most comfortable day over the next several days to get outdoors. High temps will reach the mid 60s under variably cloudy skies.
A storm system will approach the area on Sunday, bringing an increase in cloud cover and a good chance of rain moving into the area late in the day. A strong cold front will move through the area Sunday night, and with strong lift and moisture remaining over the region, rain will change to snow by Monday morning across central Virginia. Temps will begin the day a little above freezing, but will fall below freezing throughout the day. It's too early to specify how much snow could accumulate with this system, but data continues to suggest a good possibility of a ground-covering snow for much the of the area.
Temperatures will adjust quickly in the wake of Monday's system, returning to mid-March normals and beyond Tuesday into Wednesday.
Stay warm tomorrow, and Stay With CBS 6, We'll Keep You Ahead of the Storm.