Pinpoint Weather: One more decent day Sunday before rain, colder weather moves in

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If you’re looking for colder weather, you won’t have to wait much longer.

Sunday will be the “set-up day” as we’ll see clouds increase as the afternoon progresses. We’ll remain dry through the day, so if you’ve got some outdoor plans, there’s no reason to cancel them.

As Sunday night progresses, we’ll see rain move in from the south, so shortly after sunset, our bordering counties with North Carolina will see the rain begin to move in.

By mid-evening, the rain should start to approach the Route 460 corridor.

Shortly after midnight, the entire region should be in the rain shield.

Rainfall will be locally heavy at times and there may even be a clap or two of thunder into early Monday morning.

There will even be a chance for a stray severe storm that could produce some damaging winds and even an isolated tornado in parts of Southside and into Central Virginia. While those chances are low, they are not zero.

The rain will quickly move out starting from mid-morning along Southside and closer to early-afternoon into the Highlands on Monday, so we can expect some peaks of sunshine across the region into the afternoon.

Behind the rain, our mountain communities will see some wrap-around moisture. There will be enough cold air in place that the moisture will transition to snow in the mountains of the Greenbrier Valley and into southern WV and far SWVA. These locations could see anywhere from 1-4 inches of snow possible with the highest amounts along the western slopes of Pocahontas and Greenbrier County.

While the snow will be limited to the mountains, the wind won’t be.

Everyone will turn gusty by Monday night. The cold NW winds will continue into Wednesday when they will slowly start to subside.

The next chance for rain looks to come in on Friday, but at the current time, the rain does not look heavy and looks more scattered than widespread.

Temperatures will be all over the place into next week.

Sunday and Monday will have temperatures a few degrees above normal (into the 50s and lower 60s). By Tuesday, as the winds kick up and the mountain snow machine starts to wind down, we’ll have temperatures struggle to get out of the 30s. A gradual warm up begins Wednesday but, even then, we’ll struggle to hit 50. We’ll get there, in many areas on Thursday and we’ll likely remain in the 50s into next weekend.

So, enjoy the day today. Much of the rest of next week, you won’t feel much like venturing outside with the colder and blustery conditions.

Tuesday is the first day of December, after all and it will certainly feel more like December outside.

Gary Boyer

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