RICHMOND, Va. -- There will be a good deal of sun on Friday, but we'll start to see some clouds later in the day. There will be a chance for a couple of rain showers by about 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.
Then things start to turn a little bit more interesting going into Saturday.
Rain will increase Friday night through daybreak on Saturday. Early morning temps will be in the 40s and 50s.
Rain and some gusty thunderstorms will occur in central and eastern VA through mid to late morning. Isolated severe storms are possible. The main threat will be strong gusts (50+ mph). An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out in far SE VA, mainly outside of the CBS 6 viewing area.
After a cold front passes, temperatures will crash into the 30s. Rain will begin to mix with some sleet and snow, and then change to all snow, from northwest to southeast. This change will occur by mid-morning well northwest of Richmond, and in the metro by late morning or early afternoon.
Outside of any storms, winds will gust over 30 mph, with the potential for some gusts exceeding 40 mph, especially near the coast.
Snow showers will taper off towards evening. Due to the warm ground and air temperatures staying a little above freezing, the potential for any accumulation in central and southeastern VA is low.
There could be a grassy coating where the ground gets cold enough. Areas well north of I-64 could see a coating to under an inch on grassy surfaces. Areas well northwest of Richmond have the best chance of seeing a coating to an inch of snow on grassy surfaces. Far northwestern VA (outside of our viewing area) has the potential for a couple inches of snow.
Sunday will be sunny and cold. Morning temps will be in the teens and 20s, afternoon highs will be 45-50.