** FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY FOR LOUISA, FLUVANNA, CUMBERLAND, BUCKINGHAM, ALBEMARLE, AND ORANGE COUNTIES FROM 5AM UNTIL NOON TODAY **
As moisture arrives into the cold air counties north and west of Richmond may see a period of some light sleet and light freezing rain or drizzle. While only light amounts of icing are anticipated in these areas, it may be enough to produce some slick spots for travelers. This would be particularly true on bridges, overpasses, and on/off ramps.
Here in metro Richmond and for many of us in Central Virginia, we'll see mainly rain with some sleet possible as the precipitation arrives. Areas to the north and west will see a changeover to plain rain by midday or early afternoon as temperatures rise above the 32° mark.
The steadier rain should taper to just some occasional light rain or drizzle Monday night into the day Tuesday. Temperatures hold nearly steady Monday night then rise to closer to 50° by Tuesday afternoon.
The next round of more significant rain arrives by Tuesday night with moderate to occasionally heavy rain likely throughout the day Christmas Eve. Even a rumble of thunder is not out of the question. As a warm front lifts through the area, temperatures should jump into the mid or upper 60s by afternoon. Once a cold front passes in the evening, we'll see colder air push back in from the west and northwest in time for Christmas Day.
Christmas Day should bring a return to some sunshine. Highs will top out in the mid 50s (not all that cold), but with a gusty breeze, it will feel cooler. Temperatures will start climbing again on Friday when mostly sunny skies are expected.
Next weekend starts off on a warm note Saturday afternoon, but a cold front arriving in the evening will bring cooler temperatures for Sunday.
It's a bit uncertain this far out, but it's possible a wave of low pressure develops along this front by Saturday night into Sunday. That could bring some light rain. There's even a very LOW chance that ends as a brief period of snow. We'll keep watching.