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Va. Election Day weather: Mostly dry but some could see showers on the way to the polls

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People vote at Robious Elementary School on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, with a mural that art educator Andrew R Woodward designed and students created for Veterans Day as a backdrop.

Election Day can always bring surprises, but the weather forecast is looking more settled than it has in some recent years. Parts of the state could see fleeting rain as a weak cold front pushes from west to east, but there’s no threat of heavy rain or storms across Virginia.

For Richmond and central Virginia, some predawn showers and morning clouds will give way to a mostly sunny and dry Tuesday. Hampton Roads and Tidewater stand a better chance for seeing some light rain after daybreak.

Temperatures at 7 a.m. will be seasonably cool across the state, but not as cold as the freezing lows that visited us over the weekend. Central Virginia will start the day with upper 40s or lower 50s. It will be a fairly mild start for the Tidewater region with widespread 50s. For the mountains, Tuesday’s lows could still dip to the 30s.

Afternoon highs will only make it into the 50s for most areas west of the Blue Ridge, but comfortable 60s are again in store for the Piedmont and Northern Virginia. Hampton Roads could approach 70.

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Check Richmond.com/weather for John Boyer’s forecast updates. Contact him at JBoyer@timesdispatch.com.

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John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016. Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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John Boyer

John Boyer, the RTD's staff meteorologist

John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016 after covering severe weather on television in Tulsa, Okla.

As a native of the Roanoke area, the region’s heavy snowstorms started his fascination with Virginia’s changing weather.

Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and earned their Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in 2012.

Look for his stories in the RTD and on Richmond.com, along with videos and forecast updates for major weather events in our area.

Email him your story ideas and weather tips.

Tuesday Weatherline

A reminder that it’s still hurricane season

A low in the central Atlantic Ocean could briefly organize into a tropical depression or storm today or tomorrow, per the National Hurricane Center. The next name up is Sebastien. It’s no threat to land but is a reminder that hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.

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