Record-level warmth likely before strong cold front moves in

Posted at 6:04 PM, Jan 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-11 18:04:49-05

RICHMOND, Va. — This week began with the coldest temperatures since 1985, when Sunday morning’s low dropped to -3°, breaking the old record of 10°.

Thursday’s high at Richmond International Airport hit 69°, missing the record of 72° from 1975.  We may set two temperature records on Friday.

Friday morning lows were in the 60s across the metro.

Afternoon highs will reach the lower 70s.

The morning low in the 60s was the warmest low since October 15.

The afternoon high will be near the record of 71° from 2005.  It will be the warmest day since December 23.  If it gets warmer than 71°, it will be the warmest high since 76° on November 6.

A strong cold front will move through on Saturday morning, and much colder weather will move in for the remainder of the 7-day forecast.  However, this batch of cold air will not be as cold as the last one.  Overnight lows will be in the teens and 20s, and highs will be in the 30s and 40s.

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