ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Grab the coat! Chilly conditions are in the forecast for the next several days.
Frigid temperatures will kick off Monday with morning lows in the upper teens and 20s. While some sunshine is expected during the morning hours, clouds will gradually increase as the day continues. The dry and chilly weather will stay in place, though. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 30s and mid-40s.
Expect the dry and cold pattern to persist into Tuesday with passing clouds overhead. Morning temperatures will be in the sub-freezing 20s with afternoon highs in the lower and middle 40s.
A rinse-and-repeat forecast is in store for Wednesday. We’ll start the day with morning temperatures in the 20s. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 40s under mostly to partly sunny skies. Winter officially starts at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday in the northern hemisphere.
We could see some winter weather to kick off the start of the winter season. A storm system is expected to impact Southwest and Central Virginia late Wednesday night into Friday.
A wintry mix of rain and sleet is possible overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. As the day continues, there should be a transition to rain. However, a mix of rain and snow is expected by Friday morning. Some locations will see all rain while others west of the Blue Ridge could see more snow. While details are still being ironed out, we do know that colder air will follow this system.
Winds will pick up Friday afternoon into Saturday with gusts of 20 to 30 mph possible. Higher wind gusts may occur in the mountains. Colder air will cause a drop in temperatures Friday. By the late afternoon hours, temperatures will be in the teens in the mountains to lower 30s east of the Blue Ridge.
While drier conditions are anticipated, a blast of cold Arctic air is in store for the holiday weekend. It will be frigid and blustery Saturday. Morning temperatures will be in the single digits and teens, but wind chills will be below zero in the mountains. Elsewhere, it will feel like it’s in the single digits. Highs will only be in the upper teens and 20s.
While some locations in Southwest and Central Virginia experienced their warmest Christmas on record last year, Christmas 2022 may be one of the coldest we’ve had in a while. Christmas morning will start with temperatures in the single digits and teens. Afternoon highs will be in the sub-freezing 20s.