We’ll see some sunshine today, but also plenty of clouds this afternoon. One thing is for sure, it will stay cold! Afternoon highs will average in the mid 30s, some 20 degrees below “normal” for this date. Skies will be variably cloudy overnight, with lows in the upper teens to around 20°.
Precipitation will overspread the region tomorrow, and it will be cold enough that we’ll see some sleet and possibly freezing rain at the start. Temperatures should rise above freezing during the afternoon, leading to mainly rain in the Metro Richmond area. However, in the typical colder spots north and west, a more prolonged period of sleet and freezing rain is possible. Temperatures will inch up into the mid and upper 30s during the evening. Most of the precipitation will be over prior to midnight, with just some mist and fog overnight into Monday morning.
The sun will return on Monday, and temperatures will respond rising into the low 50s. Don’t get too used to the milder air though, as it may be quite a tease during the coming week. Every other day, we’ll be bouncing up and down on the thermometer. Tuesday will turn chilly again, with some rain possible later in the day. Warmer air will surge north for a day on Wednesday, and temperatures will soar into the 60s. But that won’t last long either, as a cold front rumbles through with showers and possibly a thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon. Rain could linger on Thursday, as colder air returns for the end of the week.
With Saturday being the final day of February, it looks like we have a solid shot at this February ranking in the top ten coldest on record. Our official Richmond snowfall for the month is 12.2″, which makes it the 9th snowiest on record. The snow total for the season is now up to 12.5″, which already surpasses the average for an entire snow season.
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