Pinpoint Weather: Rain ends, then turning sharply colder with black ice possible by morning

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Rain will continue through the afternoon and much of the evening, so keep the umbrella with you as you’re out and about. The rain will likely be steady at times. Motorists should stay mindful of ponding of water on roads that will increase the risk for hydroplaning. Overnight and tomorrow morning, black ice will become the issue for motorists.

Today’s rain will be light to moderate and fairly widespread across the region. Some ponding of water on roads will increase the risk for hydroplaning this afternoon and evening. As much as 0.3″ to 1″ of rainfall can be expected.

The cold front associated with today’s rain will finally pass through the region later this evening. This will end the rain for most of the region by 10 p.m. However, the rain may not exit parts of Southside and Central Virginia until closer to midnight.

In the mountains, the rain may mix with or transition briefly to snow before ending. This is mainly the case for counties bordering the WV/VA state line as the colder air behind the front will likely not catch up to the exiting moisture for the rest of the reigon. Any snow accumulation that does occur will be light with isolated amounts of up to an inch possible in higher elevations.

After the rain ends later this evening, temperatures will plummet back to below freezing. This will lead to areas of black ice developing overnight in time for the morning commute. In addition to roads, especially bridges and overpasses, slick spots will likely develop on walkways including parking lots and sidewalks due to lingering moisture freezing with the drop in temperatures.

Winds will be gusty overnight into Monday morning. This will make temperatures in the 20s feel even colder, more like teens early Monday morning. Winds will relax Monday afternoon.

Temperatures should climb back to above freezing before lunchtime Monday for most locales. However, it will be a noticeably colder day with highs below normal. Look for highs from west to east to only manage the low and mid 30s to upper 30s.

Calm winds and clear skies will allow temperatures to bottom out in the teens region-wide. Tuesday will be the coldest day of the week with highs around 30 to mid 30s from west to east.

Temperatures moderate to more seasonable levels for the rest of the week with our next chance for showers Saturday.

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