Clear skies and calm winds allowed temperatures to drop quickly Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Low temperatures in the metro fell into the mid 40s, but areas northwest of Richmond fell into the upper 30s for a few hours. (Due to some cloud cover, southeastern and southwestern Virginia stayed a little bit warmer.)
This marks the coldest air since last Spring. The normal low for this date is around 50°.
It was quite a drop compared to the 80s we had Friday afternoon. Following a cold front Friday night, highs on Saturday afternoon only hit the lower 60s. In fact, Richmond’s high for the day (63°) occurred before sunrise.
A warming trend will occur the first half of the week. Highs will be back into the mid and upper 70s. A cold front will bring slightly cooler weather for Wednesday through Friday, and a stronger cold front will usher in even cooler weather for next weekend. We may see some widespread 30s and 40s next weekend. Click here for our updated 7-day forecast.