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Clear and cold overnight

Posted at 5:04 AM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 23:39:20-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- It will be clear and quite cold overnight. Lows in the metro will be near 20, with mid/upper teens in the coldest outlying areas.

Sunday will have sunshine with increasing clouds. Highs will be in the low to mid 40s.

A storm system will spread rain into the area on Monday, and it will turn steady and heavier by late afternoon. There may be a brief period of freezing rain in colder areas well north and northwest of Richmond, but if it does occur it will be brief and pose no issues. There is the threat for some snow and freezing rain across far northern and northwestern VA, and icy conditions will be possible near I-81. Highs will range from the mid 30s northwest, to the lower 40s in the metro, to near 50 in southeastern VA. Rainfall totals over 1/2 inch are likely with the potential for over one inch in spots.

Any leftover rain will exit Tuesday morning, followed by a dry and much warmer afternoon. Highs will be in the mid to upper 50s. Wednesday will be dry with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

We continue to watch the potential for a winter storm on Thursday. The computer model data continues to show great variability, and each new model run changes things a bit more. Model solutions range from rain and some snow to a heavier snowfall. It is still too early to nail down specifics (the energy for this system is currently in Alaska), but there is definitely the potential for snowfall across the region. We will provide frequent updates over the coming days.

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