First Alert: Frigid blast delayed until late next week

Mother nature threw us a curve ball: it now looks like any arctic air will be delayed until late next week

First Alert: Cold weather expected next week

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The second week of February is expected to bring the coldest air of the winter so far to Central Virginia and for that matter, much of the U.S.

A big dip (trough) in the jet stream will open the door for Arctic air to surge southward from Canada and across the U.S. next week.

However, this may not happen until later next week (next Thursday through Saturday), instead of early in the week.

The coldest air looks to hang back a little farther north than it looked yesterday, meaning the WORST of the cold will be on the other side of the Appalachians.

Coincidentally, the groundhog saw its shadow Tuesday morning and predicted six more weeks of winter. Although the groundhog’s prediction is historically no better than a coin flip and is wrong more often than he is right (because he is a rodent, not a weather forecaster), Punxsutawney Phil looks to be correct this year.

Because temperatures are expected to be colder than freezing for much of next week, that could set the stage for additional snow chances. It’s too early to know for sure if more snow will happen.

Download the NBC12 First Alert Weather App for updates on this bitter blast. We’ll send out the First Alert as soon as we have new information!

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