The cold front that passed through Southwest Virginia Tuesday has moved off the coast of the Commonwealth for Wednesday. While we’re looking at drier conditions for the next few days, it will get pretty cold outside.
Cold winds behind the cold front have brought in bitter air, causing temperatures to plummet into the upper to low 20s overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Breezy winds added a wind chill factor to the mix, which made it feel a few degrees colder. Pocahontas County in West Virginia is under a Wind Chill Advisory until 8:00 a.m. Thursday. Gusty winds up to 45 mph and single-digit temperatures will allow for wind chills as low as -15. If outside for too long, these cold wind chills could lead to hypothermia. Make sure to bundle up and stay warm if you’re planning on staying outside for prolonged periods of time.
Despite the plentiful sunshine we’ll see for Wednesday, afternoon temperatures will only reach the upper 30s/mid 40s. Breezy winds will persist into the evening.
High pressure will slide in over the next several days. Fair and dry weather is in the forecast as we head into the weekend. Freezing mornings and chilly afternoons will continue as we round out the work week. Winds will relax later in the week.
The Winter Solstice occurs at 11:19 pm Saturday night. A few fun facts about the solstice:
- 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 the shortest day of the year.
- From this point forward, the sun’s rays begin their six-month journey south to the Tropic of Capricorn and days get a little longer.
Above-average temperatures are in the forecast as we head into the upcoming week. Milder air will settle into Southwest Virginia, and we could see temperatures in the 50s and close to 60 as we inch closer to the Christmas holiday.
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