While we’re not looking at much when it comes to winter precipitation for Friday, we’ll still have to deal with the impacts from Thursday’s storm.
During the overnight hours, a batch of wintry mix made its way into portions of Southside and Central Virginia. The freezing rain and rain that fell were fairly light, but additional ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch may have fallen. This will lead to some slippery roads and there is the potential for isolated power outages due to the freezing rain.
Any slush or moisture on the roadways may have refrozen overnight, so slick conditions are still possible for the Friday morning commute. There are also some pockets of freezing fog, which may have left a thin, icy glaze on some surfaces, such as sidewalks and roadways.
If you’re heading out the door this morning, make sure to give yourself extra time to get to your destination safely. You may also want to take some time to clear any ice or sleet off your car if you haven’t already done so.
Friday will be the beginning of a dry period of weather. Skies will start off mostly cloudy to overcast, but some sunshine will peek out later in the day. Winds will start to pick up a bit, but won’t be too windy. The breezy conditions will help to dry out some roads. Afternoon temperatures will be warmer for Friday when compared to Thursday, but it will still be chilly with highs in the mid to upper 30s and into the low 40s.
Northwest winds will carry colder air into Southwest and Central Virginia. This will allow temperatures to fall down into the low 20s and teens overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Any lingering moisture on the roads will have the chance to re-freeze and become black ice. Plenty of sunshine will be in the forecast for Saturday, but winds will be cold and brisk with afternoon temperatures in the winter-like 30s.
Overnight low temperatures for the weekend will be below the freezing mark. However, a warming trend will begin on Sunday as locations begin to make their way back into the 40s.
Another round of wet weather is expected on Monday with rain and sleet possible. After that, we’re looking at a dry and mild weather pattern for the middle of next week.