Weather! Sunny, mild Easter weekend

Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s and 70s return just in time for a Richmond tradition.

Satellite trends late tonight show improvement over what was a pretty dreary Thursday. Despite all the clouds, very little rain materialized, as Richmond International Airport only received 0.01” of rain on the day.

A low pressure system has been slowly trekking its way across the southeast over the course of this week. Upper-level winds will begin to finally steer it out to sea tonight, taking the clouds lingering over southern Virginia with it. High pressure builds in from the Great Lakes and Canada beginning today, bringing clear skies, warm days, and cool nights with it for the weekend.

Friday: Some lingering clouds will clear out as the morning progresses, and we will be enjoying bright, full sunshine by this afternoon. Some cooler air is filtering in from the Great White North as this high tracks south, but temperatures should have no problem making it into the low 60s before sunset. Temperatures will dip into the mid 30s Friday night. There are some frost concerns with this as well, so make sure to take precautions to protect any sensitive plants and outdoor pets.

Weekend: Mostly clear skies stick around all weekend long. Temperatures will have no problem making it into the upper 60s on Saturday. Warmer air returns for Easter Sunday, as highs will soar into the low 70s. Lows both nights will drop into the upper 30s. Those of you with Easter Parade plans are in great shape; it’s hard to ask for much better early-April weather.

Monday: The fortuitous conditions will extend into the beginning of the next work week. Nothing more than a few clouds should tarnish another fantastic day, with a high around 70 and lows in the low 40s. Some additional clouds will begin to develop late.

The middle of next week looks rather unsettled. There are some signs of the development of a coastal low toward the middle of next week. Cooler temperatures (50s and low 60s) are a virtual guarantee at this point; intermittent showers are also likely as the system advances up the coast. But why focus on that? We’ve got fantastic weekend weather ahead!

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Weather Dan

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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