Tonight: A chance of rain and snow before 1am, then snow and freezing rain likely between 1am and 4am, then snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely after 4am. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches, with localized amounts up to 9 inches, and light ice accumulations are possible. Current temperatures are very mild ranging from the upper 30s and 40s in the mountains to the upper 40s to mid 50s across the Central Valley.
Thursday, the high will be near 67 with mostly sunny skies, the weather service said.
Updated forecasts from the National Weather Service predict Norfolk and Virginia beach could get up to an inch of snow Wednesday evening, NWS meteorologist Jeff Orrock said.
Friday into Saturday: Mainly clear skies are expected with upper 30s for lows on Friday and mid 40s for lows on Saturday. Plowing of roads will begin if at least 2 inches of snow accumulates on pavement.
Rain, wind and some snow is expected late this week and into the first weekend of spring.
However, steady winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour could gust up to 30 miles per hour, making it feel colder than it is.
The early-springtime rains likely won't kick in locally until early Thursday and are forecast to continue until about midday Friday, according to the NWS.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for the metro area through 6 p.m. The blue and white colors around Narragansett Bay and the south coast show ratios 5 to 1 and even lower. Upper level and surface gradients indicate breezy north winds which will help to start drying things out.
Wet snow will continue through Noon, tapering by mid afternoon to a few snow showers.
However, parts of the United Kingdom have a yellow weather warning in place for ice over night, the Met Office tweeted to warn people to be careful while out and about as the melting snow is likely to turn to ice over night creating icy patches.