Brisk and bitter cold conditions are expected overnight.
Windy and cold conditions expected overnight as the air temperature is expected to drop into the 20s most locations and wind speeds will be in the 30+ mph range from time to time. Wind chill values are expected to be well below zero in some of our Highland county locations and wind chill advisories are posted in several counties to the north of 64 (for instant updates follow us on twitter @WFXRWeather or look in the right-hand column of this weather page for our twitter updates). Please prepare properly if you have to go outside any time after sunset as Old Man Winter has a grip on the region until at least Friday.
Mostly sunny days and clear nights are in the forecast for the rest of the week and into the weekend. High pressure is in control and will be able to keep us basically cloud free as long as it is positioned overhead. This should be through the week and into the weekend
There is a disturbance I will be monitoring late in the weekend as an area of low pressure is slated to cross the southern tier of the country. This is currently forecast to stay south of the Commonwealth and has been forecast that way for the past few model runs. This is still several days away and may change as we get closer to the event so we will keep you informed.
Over the weekend we officially move into the winter season as the Winter Solstice occurs at 11:19 pm Saturday night. This is when the direct rays of the sun are over the Tropic of Cancer. This is the highest point in the northern hemisphere the direct rays migrate. This is also the shortest day of the year as well. From that time forward the rays begin their six-month journey south to the Tropic of Capricorn and days get progressively longer until the summer solstice in June.
As for the forecast for the rest of the weekend and into the holiday week there will be milder air settling in and I expect temperatures to be in the 50s until at least Christmas Day (Wednesday).
John Carroll Chief Meteorologist
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