Afternoon temperatures are expected to be about 15° – 20° above average for the next several days.
Tuesday will start off foggy for some. Dense fog has developed in the New River Valley, as well as the Alleghany Highlands and portions of Rockbridge County. If you’re traveling along I-81 or I-77, make sure to use caution while traveling and keep the low beam headlights on. Some spots in Greenbrier and Rockbridge counties are experiencing freezing fog as well, which can result in slick spots on bridges and roadways. Fog should dissipate during the mid-morning hours Tuesday.
Christmas Eve will be sunny and mild, with afternoon temperatures reaching the upper 50s/low 60s.
Santa won’t have much trouble delivering gifts to the people of Southwest Virginia Christmas Eve night. Skies will be mainly clear; rain, snow, and winds are not an issue. He’ll definitely stay warm in his red coat though, with overnight temperatures falling close to the freezing mark.
Average temperatures for Christmas Day are a morning low temperature of 22° and a high temperature of 42° for Blacksburg. For 2019, the forecast calls for morning lows in the low to upper 30s and afternoon high temperatures in the low to mid 60s. Here’s a list of the warmest Christmases:
- Roanoke: 68° – 1982
- Lynchburg: 72° – 1982
- Danville: 74° – 2015
- Blacksburg: 68° – 1964
- Bluefield, WV: 66° – 2015
A few clouds will move through, but overall this will be a “Nice” forecast for Christmas this year, unless you were dreaming of a white Christmas. Our last White Christmas was back in 2010.
Overall, Roanoke doesn’t get a White Christmas often. It has snowed on Christmas only seven times since 1912. There has been an inch or more of snow on the ground 14 times.
The mild and dry conditions continue into the weekend. However, rainy and breezy conditions are expected for Sunday.