Skies have become mostly cloudy this afternoon and look to remain that way through the evening. However, we're not expecting any rain, so trick-or-treating looks good! Temperatures will drop from the upper 50s to the lower 50s by the time most of the kids head home for the night. Our lows early tomorrow morning will be in the mid 40s.
The reason for the increase in clouds is an approaching cold front from the west. This front will pass the area late tonight, but we likely will only see light rain in areas west of Richmond. What will bring us a better chance of rain tomorrow is a developing area of low pressure just off the North Carolina coast. This low will track to the northeast along the Virginia coast tomorrow making for a dreary day.
The most significant impacts from this low will be felt along the coastline, with high wind and waves. A Gale Warning is up for the Bay Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, so boating will be a no-go. This is also where the heaviest rain is expected.
Around Richmond, we can expect somewhat lesser impacts. Highs will only climb into the low 50s tomorrow afternoon thanks to tonight's cold front. From mid-morning through the evening tomorrow, we'll see off and on light rain and drizzle. Rain totals won't be impressive, but it will make for a messy day. Skies will remain overcast throughout the day and it will also be breezy, with winds out of the north at 15-20mph and gusts to 25mph. Overall, a good day to stay inside!
As the coastal low pulls away, conditions will improve rapidly late Saturday night. Skies will transition from mostly cloudy to mostly sunny by mid-day Sunday. Despite the extra sun, temperatures will only be a touch warmer with a high of 54°. It will be another breezy day, so it will likely feel cooler.
Not only will our high temperatures be cooler-than-average through the weekend, we're looking at a series of very nippy mornings. Sunday morning's temperatures will be in the upper 30s. It still looks like we could see our first freezing temperatures of the season in Richmond early Monday morning with upper 20s west of town!
Things will be feeling better by Monday afternoon with highs expected to be in the low 60s. We'll get back to near 70 on Wednesday and continue to warm on Wednesday. Mostly sunny to partly sunny skies are expected until next Thursday when our next cold front arrives. It will bring us a slight chance of rain Thursday afternoon and evening and then push high temperatures back into the 50s by next Friday.