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Heat Miser to claim victory over cold, bitter brother this Christmas

While we’re cold through Thursday, the weather warms up leading up to Christmas

Christmas 2019 forecast
Christmas 2019 forecast

ROANOKE, Va. – It certainly feels like Christmas (it won’t next week), with Thursday morning temperatures in the teens and 20s area-wide. Highs will get into the low to mid 40s for most of us under a sunny sky.

Speaking of Christmas, Illuminights has Santa visiting once again. You can also go decorate cookies Thursday evening! The weather will cooperate and provide a festive feel, with temperatures in the 30s and a calm wind.

Illuminights forecast  - 12/19/2019
Illuminights forecast - 12/19/2019

We’ll warm up a bit Friday before getting cooler Saturday. Saturday’s highs will only be in the 40s, thanks to increased cloud cover.

At 11:19 p.m. Saturday, winter will officially begin (even though it’s felt like it for a while). This is when the sun’s rays are directly above the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5°S) in the Southern Hemisphere.

Winter Solstice explainer
Winter Solstice explainer

For us, this is the day we see the least amount of sunlight. The good news to take away is that there’s nowhere to go but up from there!

Daylight from winter to spring
Daylight from winter to spring

Meanwhile, we’ll be tracking a system riding the Gulf Coast this weekend. This may mean some travel trouble for you, if you have plans to head to Alabama, Georgia or Florida. Most of the rain stays south of us through the weekend, but we can’t rule out some showers south of 460 Sunday night into Monday morning.

What We're Tracking - Sunday, 12/22/2019
What We're Tracking - Sunday, 12/22/2019

Once this system passes east, it’s smooth sailing for the eastern half of the U.S. In fact, temperatures climb above average. The NRV and Highlands top out in the 50s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Roanoke, Lynchburg and Southside top out in the upper 50s and lower 60s.

Christmas 2019 forecast
Christmas 2019 forecast

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