ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The winter season is off to a cold start across Southwest Virginia. However, the chilly weather pattern won’t last forever.
The winter solstice, or the start of astronomical winter, will occur at 10:59 a.m. Tuesday. The direct rays of the sun will be over the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere. This will mark our shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
It will feel like winter outside Tuesday morning as temperatures start in the freezing teens and 20s. Clouds will increase during the day as a low pressure system tracks to our south and east. The cloud cover will keep the region on the cooler side with high temperatures in the middle and upper 40s. A few isolated showers cannot be ruled out for parts of Southside Tuesday evening. However, we won’t see much from this system.
By Wednesday morning, temperatures will be in the cold upper 20s and lower 30s. Skies will gradually clear and winds will be breezy at times. Afternoon highs will range from the 40s in the mountains and into the lower 50s east of the Blue Ridge. Prepare for another frigid night with low temperatures in the teens and 20s.
High pressure will be in control for Thursday, resulting in dry and quiet weather. It will be sunny with high temperatures in the middle and upper 40s.
As the area of high pressure moves to our east, we’ll notice a warming trend for the end of the week. For Christmas Eve, high temperatures are anticipated to reach the 50s across Southwest Virginia. Skies will be variably cloudy. A nearby front to our west could spark a few showers overnight Friday into early Christmas Day. However, it appears the chance for showers will stay mainly to our west.
Overall, a mix of sun and clouds will be overhead for the holiday. It definitely won’t feel like winter outside, though. High temperatures are slated to warm up into the milder upper 50s and middle 60s.
High pressure will build back into Southwest Virginia late Saturday into Sunday, allowing drier air to filter in. Sunday looks to be dry and breezy, but high temperatures will be in the cooler 50s.