ROANOKE, Va. – The official start to winter is just two weeks away, but we’re getting a little taste of it Monday morning. A weak system along the coast is teaming up with energy above us to produce light snow accumulations in parts of the area through about 9 or 10 a.m.
This could lead to some slick spots, even outside of the mountains, during the Monday morning commute. Things improve by the afternoon, but may refreeze/get slick again overnight as temperatures drop to 25-30°.
The wind will pick up once this system passes too, with wind gusts of 25-35 mph possible Monday afternoon into Tuesday as well.
This, combined with the incoming cold, will make it feel pretty uncomfortable Tuesday morning. Wind chills will drop into the teens and 20s for many of us, with afternoon highs in the 40s.
We expect more sunshine Tuesday as well.
Eventually, that sunshine will go along way. With the jet stream retreating north mid-week, temperatures will gradually climb. By Thursday (the first day of Hanukkah), high temperatures will rise into the upper 50s and lower 60s.
Our next storm system arrives Saturday, but we’ll be warm enough to keep that all in the form of rain.