Arctic air will continue to move into Virginia tonight starting a two-day stretch of the coldest weather we’ve seen this winter. The temperature will likely fall to freezing before midnight in Richmond, and should remain at or below freezing until late Friday morning. This stretch will amount to about 64 straight hours of temps that never get above freezing in Richmond.
Another factor we’ll have to contend with will be the wind. Northwest winds will be sustained at 20-30 mph, with higher gusts, yielding wind chill values in the teens and low 20s during the “warmest” part of the day Wednesday. Wind chill values will be at their lowest when coupled with our lowest expected temperature readings early Thursday.
We’ll see a little reprieve on Friday before another shot of cold air arrives on Saturday. The period of arctic cold will be dry, with not much chance of seeing any flurry activity. The next chance for wintry weather will come early next week in the form of light freezing rain, but medium range models continue to support the best icing temperature profiles north and west of Richmond. -Zach