Dry and mild to start the week, changes on the way


Sunny and seasonal to wrap up the weekend on Sunday. We are expecting highs into the 60s today.

Virtually a carbon-copy day on Veterans Day, so however you plan on paying tribute to the veteran in your life, here’s hoping you have the chance to do it outdoors because we’ll have an abrupt change from fall-like into winter-like weather in the period of just a few hours Monday night into Tuesday.

Clouds will start to increase during the afternoon west of the Blue Ridge on Monday with precipitation starting to move in to the far western sections of the region during the evening hours. Any precipitation that falls will begin as rain, but as much cooler air filters down as the accompanying cold front passes, rain will mix in with scattered snow showers and possibly even make a full transition to all snow showers, especially in much of the New River Valley.

I do feel the greatest opportunities to see snow will be along and west of the Route 220 corridor with higher risks for light accumulations of snow along the west-facing slopes of Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties. Parts of the New River Valley might see a very light dusting in grassy areas possible. Elsewhere, there’s no real concern for any accumulation of snow.

Tuesday’s highs will likely occur early in the day and will be a good 20 to 25 degrees cooler than highs on Veterans Day. As the cold front passes during the morning hours on Tuesday, a brisk northwest wind will follow and will help to drop the temperatures from the 30s to near 40 down into the 20s to near 30 by mid-to-late afternoon.

The coldest air of the season will arrive for Tuesday night with teens and lower 20s region-wide in the forecast. Winds will continue to be a factor as well so when you combine the air temperature with 10-20 mph winds, we will see wind chill factors anywhere from the single digits in the western parts of the region to the teens elsewhere.

A warm-up is forecast, though, as we get into the latter portion of the work-week, but highs are still forecast to generally be below normal through next weekend.

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