Pinpoint Weather: Much needed rainfall through the week and into the weekend, still mild

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The region will see a series of rainy days ahead, off and on showers with temperatures well above normal.   Warm air will arrive from the south and west and do battle with the cooler air to the north. Each day some ground will yield and the victories will be short lived. The temperature variations will be slight, mainly staying well above normal, and the off and on rain showers will persist into the new year.

Wednesday will be one of the warmer days this week as temps spike into the 70s east of the Foothills. Mountain and NRV locations will see 60s and 50s mostly.  The rain will be spotty during the day but as the evening moves along there will be a better chance for some widespread soaking rains. Soaking is not really done all that well when the ground is this cool, but is will absorb some and the lakes and streams will benefit from the additional water.

Thursday will see the best chance for rain early in the day as shower activity taper off through the afternoon. Still, off an on showers are expected so make sure to keep the rain gear handy. Rainfall totals vary but are a good start to putting a dent in the drought scenario.

Friday, New Year’s Eve, will be the dry day of the week with a mixture of clouds and sunshine. The nights festivities will not be impacted by rain as the showers for the weekend look to hold off until after midnight, but timing is always an issue in this area so if you are out and about, never a bad idea to keep some rain gear nearby.

Saturday and Sunday will be rainy with some widespread rain and mild temps. Sunday will be interesting as the rain will be pushes through by a cold front that will possibly produce some snow in the mountains and mix in a bit with the rain overnight into Monday.  Monday will be much cooler and brisk with highs in the middle 40s.
Of Note: This month is on pace to become at least the 2nd warmest December on record at the Roanoke reporting station with respect to average daily temperatures. Add the high and the low together to get the mean temp for the day, add them all up for the month and divide by the number of days and you have the average monthly temperature. Right now 2021 is ranked third. We are currently ranked 2nd as far as average daily high temperature goes as well (that is the highs not including the lows).

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John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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