Pinpoint Weather: Dry and mild pattern continues into the weekend


Pinpoint Weather:  Dry and mild pattern for a while, rain returns this weekend

The pattern is returning to a mild one as the mercury in the thermometer is expected to top out in the middle 50s today.  The mild regime continues as we push forward through the rest of the work week and into the weekend with highs crossing into the 60s.  Expect to see a good deal of sunshine in the afternoons and clear and crisp December nights. 

Tonight will be a good night to view the International Space Station as it crosses the region from NW to SE at 5:47 pm. The ISS will pass directly overhead and the journey of the Station will last for 6 minutes over the visible skies of the Roanoke Valley.

Thursday is going to be a lovely day with plenty of sunshine and even milder temps. This may be the day we cross into the 60s east of the Foothills. Piedmont locations will be in the upper 50s to low 60s but our eastern counties of Charlotte and Halifax will be much more likely to hit the 60s than our counties along the Blue Ridge. Bottom line, our normal high is for us to reach the upper 40s so above normal temps are expected.

Friday will see more of the same as high pressure reigns over the Commonwealth. Look for upper 50s and low 60s once again as the air temperature remains above normal. Not much in the way of wind either helping the comfort level when we head out the door. 

Saturday is going to be nice as well, but we do start to notice a bit more cloud cover. The day of transition is Saturday as there will be some rain arriving on Sunday. The warm nature of the area prior to the precipitation will continue and allow the precipitation to fall as liquid (rain) and not snow or a wintry mix when it does arrive on Sunday. So, enjoy the outdoors on Saturday as there will be a chance for rain on Sunday.

Sunday brings back the rain. There will be some mountain snow, but only the higher elevated locations.  The event responsible for the rain will be defined by an area of low pressure that will pass well north of the region. The dangling or trailing cold front is the feature that will scour out the moisture from the atmosphere and give us some off and on rain showers.  A cooler pattern is slated for Monday as we start to dry out. Now, there is a hint of a rather deep area of low pressure expected to develop in the Southeastern States and move over Virginia on Monday and Tuesday. This is only being observed by the European Model, so the confidence of this occurring is low at the moment. But I will continue to monitor the patterns and adjust the forecast according. Most models have the area looking at a slight chance for lingering rain on Monday.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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