Pinpoint Weather: Generally dry across the region Sunday; widespread rain moves in Monday

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The vast majority of the region will remain dry through the day today.

The only exception will be along the western slopes where some rain and/or snow showers could move in during the afternoon.

Temperatures across the area today are expected to be in the upper 30s in the mountains to the mid-and-upper 40s toward the Piedmont.

Clouds will be increasing through the day as well ahead of our next chance for widespread rain slated to move in during the day on Monday. Rainfall could be locally heavy at times with overall totals approaching one inch in many areas.

By Monday night, the rain will begin to move out, though some showers could still linger in the mountains, courtesy of some wrap-around moisture, but that should be relatively light.

Ok, now let’s talk about Tuesday because we’re going to get a VERY BRIEF taste of spring.

During the day, we can expect temperatures in the lower to even middle 60s across the region (no, that’s not a mis-type). That’s SIXTIES!

We’ll lose about 10 degrees for the high on Wednesday, but still, low and mid 50s is still decent for the latter part of January.

Then, things start to get a bit more complicated.

On Wednesday night, we’ve got a low pressure system that’s going to be moving into the area, which is expected to transfer its energy to a coastal low. In normal circumstances, that can tend to mean an influx of precipitation for our region and depending on the temperature profile, that precip can come in the form of snow.

While that does look likely, models are still not fully grasping the whole situation.

The GFS is going with a strong area of low pressure with quite a bit of snow likely for most of the region.

The EURO is currently going with more of a weaker system which would drop much lower snowfall totals.

So, all we can really do is continue to monitor future forecasts and fine-tune our thoughts.

Right now, we’re thinking that a cold rain is possible along Southside with rain and snow mixing together near the Route 460 corridor and mostly snow likely into the Highlands. Again, this is preliminary. Models will change and so will our forecast.

Beyond that, we dry out as we head into next weekend.

>>> Enjoy the day today. Clouds will be moving in but temperatures will be close to where they should be for this time of year. Tomorrow, expect a truly yucky day.

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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