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It was historically cold in areas throughout the state on Monday morning, with the temperature hitting a record-breaking zero degrees in Richmond around 7 a.m., meteorologists say.
At 6:52 a.m. the temperature at Richmond International Airport was one degree colder than the previous low record. The former record, 1 degree fahrenheit, was set in the Richmond area in 1940, said Wakefield National Weather Service Meteorologist Alec Butner.
Historic Triangle temperatures are estimated to rise Monday into the upper 20s, nearing 30 degrees.
Higher temperatures and sunshine should continue to melt the foot of snow seen in the area after the winter storm hit the region on Saturday, Butner said.
While the snow partially melted in Sunday’s sunshine, it refroze Monday morning due to low temperatures, according to a National Weather Service forecast.
Temperatures will continue to rise throughout the week, hitting the mid 60s by Thursday and staying there through Friday, Butner said.
“By the end of the week the snow will be gone,” he said.