Clouds stick around for Monday as a storm system moves across Northern Florida and Georgia. This system will bring heavy rain to portions of the Southeastern United States, such as the Carolinas and Georgia. If you’re traveling south for the holiday, make sure your windshields wipers work and that you’re driving cautiously on the wet roadways. Otherwise, much of this rain will stay south of the Commonwealth. However, some rain will move north of the NC/VA border and impact the border counties of Grayson, Carroll, Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania and Halifax. Light rain is possible in these areas and less than a tenth of an inch is expected during the morning hours. Rain will generally stay south of Roanoke-Lynchburg-Bluefield. If you travel north of I-64, there will be less cloud cover.
Temperatures will be trending on the warmer side for the first week of winter. Afternoon temperatures will reach the 50s across Southwest Virginia for Monday, but the mild temperatures continue into Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Expect mostly sunny skies for Tuesday with some lingering cloud cover south. Temperatures should make it into the 60s during the afternoon. For Christmas Day, a few clouds will pass overhead with temperature readings in the low 60s. Some locations will be +20° above seasonal average. Travel looks smooth for much of the Commonwealth if you’re planning on traveling Tuesday or Wednesday.
It will be a chilly start on Thursday morning, but afternoon temperatures will, once again, reach the 60s.