ROANOKE, Va. – So far, December 2021 has been one of the warmest on record. Granted, we’re only about a week through the month.
Following Monday night’s cold front, Tuesday through Thursday will be more “par for the course” temperature-wise.
Highs Tuesday mainly reach the 40s with a mix of sun and clouds.
The air in the first few thousand feet of the atmosphere is bone dry. That doesn’t bode well for snow-lovers Wednesday morning. A storm system tries to generate some accumulating snow, but it won’t succeed in doing so for most of the area.
Most of the moisture and energy associated with this storm will be farther south and east of us.
It’s possible that we see some snow showers and sleet pellets in areas along and west of the Parkway between about 6 and 11 a.m. Wednesday.
A warm ground will limit any minor accumulation to the grass and to the higher elevations. That’s it. We’re not getting a snow day out of this one. Sorry, teachers!
We’ll stay cold through Thursday.
A warm front lifts north Friday, generating a few afternoon and evening showers. That paves the way for a surge of (possibly near-record) warmth Saturday, which is then followed by another push of rain and cooler air on the back half of the weekend.