Weather! Mild, wet start to the week; Thanksgiving cooldown coming

Despite some rain and dreary conditions early in the week, we’ve got some great weather in store for Thanksgiving Day and the weekend.

A complex frontal boundary is setting up along the Ohio Valley, and is going to be the source of some unsettled pre-Thanksgiving weather.

Monday: A backdoor cold front is dropping through Virginia from the north this morning. Latest surface observations put it somewhere between Fredericksburg and Richmond. This isn’t a strong front, though don’t be surprised to see a slight temperature drop once it swings through, along with shift in wind direction to the north. The boundary is pretty dry, but don’t be surprised to see a stray shower today. Clouds will continue to increase as the front passes through. Temperatures will get back into the low 60s before dipping to near 50 overnight.

Tuesday: Heavy clouds remain tomorrow as the cold front transitions into a warm front and moves back north. Expect mostly cloudy skies again, with temperatures continuing to increase through the evening as the front moves north. We’ll be in the upper 50s in the afternoon, and into the mid 60s by sunrise Wednesday. Rain showers and a thunderstorm are possible as the front swings through.

Wednesday: The shower and thunderstorm risk remains as a cold front swings through from the west. Skies remain mostly cloudy and will begin to thin out some after the front passes through. We’ll get into the mid 60s in the afternoon before temperatures fall rapidly behind the front. Lows fall into the upper 40s as skies begin to clear up.

Thanksgiving Day: Partly to mostly sunny skies return as high pressure sets up behind the front. Temperatures will get into the mid 50s during the day, and down into the upper 30s overnight.

We’ll start warming up again almost immediately, as temperatures begin to climb back into the 60s beginning on Black Friday.

Traveling for the holiday? Let me know where, and I’ll put together a quick forecast for you.

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Dan Goff is now a two-time former Richmonder, having departed the River City yet again in favor of southwest Virginia, where he is working on degrees in geography and meteorology at Virginia Tech. Have a question about the weather or weather-related phenomena?

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