First Alert Weather Days: Rain to snow Tuesday, potential record cold Wednesday

Snowflakes likely on Tuesday

Arctic Front Incoming

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Tuesday and Wednesday are First Alert Weather Days for the potential brief snow or mix and certain arrival of coldest air of season Tuesday night through Thursday morning

First Alert Weather Days Tuesday and Wednesday
First Alert Weather Days Tuesday and Wednesday (Source: wsi)

An arctic front has passed-- temperatures at 11am are already in the low 40s and will keep dropping into the 30s.

This is changing rain over to a rain/snow mix around midday in Richmond, and maybe to all snow for an hour or two before ending around 3 or 4pm.

In fact, it’s happening as I type this!

IT'S SNOWING!

IT’S SNOWING! At least we think it is. Let’s go out and check!

Posted by NBC12 on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Minor snow accumulation is expected (a dusting/coating on grassy areas can’t be ruled out if the precipitation falls hard enough). A few forecast models do hint at a little more snow, so don’t be surprised if the ground gets whitened. Even in a worst case scenario, the roads would probably remain wet and not slushy.

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VERY cold air will quickly rush across Virginia Tuesday, setting us up for mid-winter like cold temperatures thereafter.

Here are the latest model maps for Tuesday morning and early afternoon (RPM forecast model)

RPM forecast model shows only brief changeover to wintry mix around early afternoon
RPM forecast model shows only brief changeover to wintry mix around early afternoon (Source: WSI)

HISTORICALLY cold air will be in place on Wednesday, with our forecast of 37° setting us up for a potential record. 37° is the coldest daytime high recorded in Richmond for November 13th

Here are some November “fun” facts about snow in Central Virginia and Richmond:

November Snow
November Snow (Source: November Snow)

Thanks to NWS Wakefield for the snow statistics!

There’s plenty of time to watch this next big front so be sure to download the NBC12 First Alert Weather App for updates

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