Mild pattern for Christmas, with a few pockets of fog and freezing fog early.

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Mild pattern maintains a grip on the region, foggy start in spots Christmas Day

The sunshine and warmer conditions today will go a long way in drying out the region for Christmas morning, but there still may be a few pockets of fog in the morning.  Tuesday morning we experienced freezing fog in some spots, but I don’t expect freezing fog this morning to be as widespread, but still some pockets of fog and or freezing fog may inhibit your visibility at times in the Piedmont, New River Valley and the Highlands. Freezing fog is much more of a concern. So, what is freezing fog… simply put, it is fog that will generate an icy glaze on objects.  This is a very dangerous situation as the fog already inhibits your visibility, then you could be running into icy bridges and overpasses.  Early morning reports are that some freezing fog is more likely along the New River and in the Greenbrier Valley. Please exercise caution this morning if you run into some foggy spots.

Otherwise, it will be a sunny and mild day through the region with the potential for some areas to reach 60 once again. Generally, highs on Christmas day will be in the upper 50s, which is still well above the normal highs of the mid 40s this time of year.  If you do get something you wish to play with outside on Christmas, the weather will not get in the way.

Thursday will be a bit warmer as the pattern of mild and dry conditions remains until the weekend. Highs will be a bit warmer on Thursday under mostly sunny skies to look for temperature readings in the mid-60s in some spots.  Friday looks to bring some clouds back to the area but still on the mild side. 

Saturday will be the day of transition as we are looking at some clouds moving in along with a bit of a brisk breeze from the southwest. The temps will still be mild as the air arriving from the southwest will be mild, and the clouds will be a bit more prevalent.

Sunday looks to be the next chance for rain.  Rain will be light early in the day then become more robust in the afternoon and evening as a cold front crosses the Commonwealth. The winds will pick up behind the front and arrive from the northwest.  Much cooler regime is slated for Monday as we return to normal as far as the weather pattern goes for late December.

Merry Christmas to everyone and thanks for watching. Please stay safe this holiday season, be mindful of the early morning pockets of fog and freezing fog.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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