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Temps crash Saturday, rain changing to snow

Temperatures will drop from the 50s into the 30s within a few hours
Posted at 7:06 AM, Mar 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-11 18:30:57-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Clouds will increase this evening. Some showers will develop tonight, with rain increasing towards daybreak. Temps overnight will stay in the 40s and 50s.

Rain and some gusty thunderstorms will occur in central and eastern VA early to mid-morning. There is a risk of severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts. Dynamics will be in the place in eastern and southeastern VA for the possibility of an isolated tornado through late morning.

Daybreak temps will be in the 40s and 50s. 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 northwest of Richmond, and in the metro by late morning. Winds will gust over 30 mph, with the potential for some gusts exceeding 40 mph, especially near the coast. Areas that see thunderstorms could have winds gusting over 50 mph. Snow showers will taper off in the afternoon.

Due to the warm ground, the higher March sun angle, and air temperatures staying a little above freezing for much of the event, the potential for any accumulation in central and southeastern VA is not high. 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. Far northwestern VA has the potential for over an inch of snow.

Skies will be mostly sunny on Sunday. After morning lows in the teens and lower 20s, highs will reach 45-50.

Highs will be in the 60s most of next week, with some 70s likely by next weekend. Much of the week will be dry, but a few showers are possible Wednesday night and Thursday.

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