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Arctic Blast arrives: It’s going to feel like the teens

Posted at 9:35 AM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 09:35:29-05

RICHMOND , Va. -- The Arctic Blast is moving in with the front coming through mainly dry, but some flurries are possible north of I-64.

Temperatures will fall during the day, falling to 24 by sunset.

The wind chills will be in the 20s at their warmest, and will fall into the teens by late afternoon.

Lows by Friday morning will be in the lower teens for the metro with some single digits north and west.

Highs Friday will struggle to break above 30 degrees despite some sunshine.

This will be the coldest air since the middle of last February.

A storm system will spread moisture into the region late Friday night into daybreak Saturday.

The precipitation will be primarily freezing rain, before temps rise above freezing by mid-morning. Areas well south and east will see a little ice but mostly rain.

Areas north and west of Richmond will hang onto a wintry mix until late morning or midday.

Far northern and western Virginia will keep the wintry mix into early afternoon. Precipitation amounts will be light in the metro, but some slick spots will be possible, primarily on elevated surfaces. There is a better chance of a very light dusting or glaze on untreated surfaces north and west of Richmond.

The heaviest precipitation will fall in far northern and western Virginia, where travel may become icy into early afternoon.

A warm front will push northward Saturday with temperatures rising into the upper 40s and lower 50s. A shot of heavier rain will pass through on Sunday as temperatures jump into the 60s. Colder air will return Sunday night into Monday morning.

Precipitation will overspread the cold air in place on Tuesday, bringing us another round of freezing rain. Sunshine and quiet weather is expected next Wednesday.