Pinpoint Weather: More sunshine in the forecast, staying warmer-than-average for December

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The dry and quiet weather pattern will continue for the next few days before showers move in later in the week.

An area of high pressure will remain in control through Thursday, which means fair weather for much of Southwest Virginia. It will be a chilly start to Tuesday with morning lows in the 20s and 30s. Similar to Monday, there will be plenty of sunshine throughout the day. Afternoon temperatures will continue to be warmer than average for December with highs ranging from the middle 50s and into the lower 60s.

Wednesday will be slightly cooler, but only by a few degrees. Morning temperatures will be in the upper 20s and lower 30s, while afternoon highs will be in the 50s. Skies will be variably cloudy, but some sunshine will peek out during the day.

Thursday will be on the warmer side as a front approaches from the west. Southwest winds will allow high temperatures to reach the milder 60s across Southwest Virginia. Expect clouds to increase during the day. A few mountain rain showers cannot be ruled out for Thursday evening.

Light rain showers will have the chance to move through Friday as a cold front sweeps through the region. It’s not expected to be persistent rain, but you may want an umbrella on hand if you’re planning on heading out. Temperatures will still be mild for this time of year with highs in the 60s.

There is the potential for scattered rain showers Saturday as another cold front moves through. A couple of showers may linger into Sunday morning. While any rainfall we receive will be beneficial, limited moisture is associated with these fronts. We really need a good soaking in Southwest Virginia to help with the drought conditions we’re experiencing, especially east of the Blue Ridge.

The beginning of the weekend will be on the mild side. Highs for Saturday will be in the 60s and lower 70s. Once the cold front swings through Southwest Virginia, we’ll feel cooler air moving in. By Sunday, highs will be in the seasonably cooler lower 50s and 40s.

Another weather system may impact the region Monday, but there are plenty of details that still need to be ironed out. Depending on the track, this system has the potential to bring more beneficial precipitation to Southwest Virginia. However, if the system passes more to our east then our precipitation chances will be lower. Timing is also another factor. The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team will provide more updates as we get closer to next week.

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