ROANOKE, Va. – Happy Monday and welcome to the first day of winter! While the new season officially begins at 5:02 a.m., we actually expect a relatively warm day overall.
Look for a swift recovery from morning temperatures in the 30s as many of you rise to the low to mid-50s by afternoon. We’ll have partly to mostly cloudy skies overhead and a southwest breeze.
A quick-moving clipper system pushes through the area tonight. It will spark some precipitation, mainly rain showers for most of us. The west-facing slopes could pile up some snow overnight and Tuesday morning.
The front will also cause the wind to pick up tonight and Tuesday. Look for gusts up to 35 mph tomorrow.
We see a dip to seasonable temperature levels for Tuesday and Wednesday, along with plenty of sunshine.
The most impactful weather of the week will come Christmas Eve and Day. First, look for a front to approach from the west and soak us as Santa is making his yearly trip to southwest and central Virginia.
As cold air rushes in behind this front, there’s a chance we’ll see a transition to snow overnight. Despite the flakes flying, I doubt we’ll see meaningful accumulation outside of the mountains. It probably will not be enough to call it a white Christmas for most of our area.
I think the biggest thing you’ll notice is the big change in temperatures by the holiday on Friday. It could be a 20 to 25-degree drop in highs!
We expect quiet and chilly weather over the weekend.