Pinpoint Weather: Becoming Cloudy tonight with rain expected before Thanksgiving

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Clouds are expected to move in ahead of light rain showers overnight Wednesday into Thanksgiving. The skies will fill with clouds as the night moves along and there will be little in the way of sunshine Wednesday. Wind will also pick up in the mountains late Wednesday into Thursday.

The rain is moving in from the west ahead of a cold front but the bulk of the heavier rain is going to move north of the Commonwealth. The rain that does fall will be mainly light rain and will also be well after sunset.  Temperatures will be mild enough as the rain is falling to allow it to stay all liquid, even in the high country.  The temperatures are expected to rise a few degrees after midnight Wednesday into Thursday as warm air rides in ahead of the front.   Roads will be wet and slippery, but not icy on Thanksgiving morning.

Thanksgiving will start out with rain but slowly yield to some sunshine during the afternoon. The amount of rain that will be measured will be low, so just showery and mild weather is expected.  The temperatures on Thanksgiving will be mild for late November with highs in the middle to upper 60s east of the foothills and middle 50s in the mountains.  Although there will be rain early, as mentioned above, there will be some sunshine late in the day.

Friday will be a good day to take a nice walk and work off the Thanksgiving feast. Highs will be in the middle to upper 60s under partly cloudy skies. Saturday will see some cloud cover and a chance for some light rain. Not much will make it to the ground but it will be a bit cooler with highs in the low 60s.

Sunday will be noticeably cooler as highs will only reach the low 50s under partly to mostly sunny skies. Clouds will arrive around sunset ahead of a complex system that will move in from the south Sunday night into Monday.

Monday will see widespread rain that may be heavy at times.  The rain will be followed by much cooler air and blustery conditions. Tuesday morning and into the afternoon there should be some measurable snow in the Alleghany Highlands and some in the NRV as the back side of the system will generate the frozen precipitation.  This may be our first snow of the season, but for now is only expected west of the interstate 81 line.  All still developing in the computer models but as we get closer to the event I will have more definitive conclusions as to the amounts and intensity of the storm.  Right now it looks to be a very blustery and wintry storm for the mountains Tuesday, after a rainy Monday.

Stay safe and healthy

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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