Weather Authority: When showers will return to RVA

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We have been able to dry out the past few days with dry weather and mild temperatures.  The chance of rain will return to the area when a cold front moves through the area Friday evening into Saturday morning.  Some showers and thunderstorms will be possible ahead of the front, but amounts will be significantly lower than the system last weekend.

The chance of rain will increase during the evening hours on Friday as the front approaches central Virginia.  Many of our computer models have the cold front south of the area by Saturday afternoon, allowing for some clearing.  However, a few of the models hang the front across southern Virginia for a longer period of time.  The chances of this are not very high, but if that scenario occurs, it would mean the threat for showers will last into Saturday afternoon.

With the timing of the showers and storms, rain could impact some of the Friday night football games.  The chance of rain is not very high, but the threat will be there during the game times.

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Rainfall amounts will not be very high.  However, should that cold front get stuck in southeastern Virginia, that would mean additional rainfall during the day.  The computer models average around 1/4 inch.  Many of the models have modest rainfall amounts, with only a few models suggesting 1/2 inch or more.

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With the cold front to our south and northerly winds developing, Saturday will be significantly cooler.  After highs in the 80s on Friday, temperatures may not get out of the low to mid 60s Saturday, especially well west of I-95.