Welcome to the end of the work-week!
Foggy conditions during the morning will gradually dissipate by mid-to-late morning.
It’s Friday and the final day of 2021. We’ll still feel like late-October as highs will again range from the upper 50s in the mountains to the 60s, even near 70 further south.
Partly to mostly cloudy skies can be expected during the afternoon. In the mountains, a stray shower is possible but most will remain dry.
Into Friday night (New Year’s Eve), showers will start moving into the western part of the region during the evening. By overnight, showers will push more into our region. There could be a few thunderstorms possible as well.
The Storm Prediction Center does have the far-western part of the region under a Marginal risk. Here, localized damaging winds will be the primary threat with any storms that develop. This will primarily be an overnight threat.
For the first day of 2022 on Saturday, showers will persist through the morning. There may be some break in the precip during the afternoon, but shower chances will still continue through the day and into the evening.
Again, SPC has areas to our west in a Marginal risk for severe weather. The models are having a difficult time grasping how severe any storms that develop may be. So, there’s still a good deal of uncertainty about the severe risk into Saturday. Check back later today for updates.
Saturday’s highs range from the 60s in the mountains to the 70s into the Piedmont. It could be a bit breezy at times as well.
Sunday gets a little tricky.
Showers will continue across the area during the morning. It will also be mild again, just not quite as warm as Saturday. Those highs will likely happen late-morning or early-afternoon. Then, temperatures will start to drop. That will first happen in the west. Eastern locations may hold their highest temperatures into the afternoon before dropping quickly during the evening.
The big question is whether or not the moisture will be gone from the area before temperatures finish their significant drop. Some models are hinting at a change-over from rain showers to snow showers in the mountains for a short time. Others say that transition could happen a little closer to the I-81 corridor. We’ll continue to fine-tune the forecast through the weekend.
Once we end the precipitation on Sunday night/early Monday morning, we dry out for several days with a decent amount of sun expected to start next week.
Temperatures will be much cooler with Monday’s highs ranging from the 30s to the lower and middle 40s with blustery conditions.
Enjoy the last day of the year and if you plan on partying, be sure you have a plan to get home safely!