Pinpoint Weather: Dry and mild Saturday; two opportunities for rain during the week ahead

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Welcome to the weekend!

Saturday’s weather will be dry and mild as a mix of clouds and sun, though clouds may be more prevalent in the mountains and along the border with North Carolina.

High temperatures will top out in the 50s in the mountains and into the 60s elsewhere. A stray 70-degree reading or two will be possible.

By tonight, we’ll have some clearing taking place across the region with lows mainly in the 30s, though a few lower 40s will be possible in parts of the NRV and into Southside.

Clouds will return a bit on Sunday as generally partly cloudy skies can be expected. We will be a bit cooler with highs lingering back into the 40s in the mountains and into the 50s in the east.

Clouds will return a bit on Sunday as generally partly cloudy skies can be expected. We will be a bit cooler with highs lingering back into the 40s in the mountains and into the 50s in the east.

On Monday, a cold front that actually has some moisture associated with it will enter the region, though as it gets closer, it will tend to lose a lot of its energy. While most areas will have a chance for rain, not everyone will be getting wet. The highest likelihood of rain falling will be west of the Blue Ridge. Even there, rainfall isn’t expected to be overly heavy but whatever rain does fall will be beneficial.

Monday’s highs will climb back up above normal into the 50s in the mountains and the 60s further east.

Tuesday dries out with much cooler temperatures – into the upper 30s in the mountains and into the 40s in the east.

By Wednesday, confidence is growing that rain could become a bit more widespread across the area. The GFS is thinking that everyone should see rain while the EURO is going with a bit lighter amounts.

Still, any rain we do see will help our dry conditions as several burn bans – especially in Southside and Central Virginia where drought conditions are worsening.

By the end of the week, we do dry out as temperatures will moderate a bit closer to normal.

If you’re planning on heading outside to do any decorating, or for the Christmas parade in Lynchburg on Sunday, you shouldn’t have concerns with moisture, so enjoy the time and, of course, be safe!

Don’t forget, burn bans are currently in effect for parts of the region. This includes the counties of Amherst, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Charlotte as well as the city of Danville.

Burning is strictly prohibited in these areas, though even if you are not in areas shaded in orange, you should still try to put off any burning until we can get some ample moisture in the area.

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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