FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY SATURDAY: Rain and sleet/snow possible

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY SATURDAY: Rain and sleet/snow possible

(WWBT/NBC NEWS) - FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY Saturday for the potential for a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow. Best snow chance for RVA metro area will be Saturday evening.

Temperatures early Saturday morning are starting mild, but that won't last long. It will feel more like winter with falling temperatures through the morning and into the afternoon. Latest model runs are showing a rainy, cold day for the Richmond area, with a period of light snow showers possible in the evening. While areas north and west of RVA could see a wintry mix during the late afternoon and evening Saturday, ending as some light snow showers.

Due to the very warm temperatures Friday, the ground will be quite warm which should limit accumulations to grassy areas. Any accumulations of snow that may form will be light, up to 1" possible in the evening hours.

For perspective, here are some April snowfall facts from the records:

Here is a look at the RPM model forecast map for 12pm:

And again at 5pm:

Some sleet may mix with rain late afternoon and into the evening.

A period of light snow is still possible later tonight. Again, any light accumulation will remain on the grassy surfaces.

Sunshine returns Sunday, but it will be unseasonably cool, with highs in the low 50s. Temperatures remain below average after this system moves out. Another system will bring us a very cold and rainy day Monday. We'll keep tabs and continue to give you updates.

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