While the weather will be pleasant and dry over the weekend in Southwest and Central Virginia, big changes are coming our way for the week ahead.
Overnight Saturday, skies will be mainly clear with only a few pockets of fog developing in the region. Due to the clear skies and calm winds, low temperatures will mainly be near or below the freezing mark in the low 30s and mid to upper 20s.
If you need to run any errands Sunday, like grabbing groceries or putting up the Christmas lights, you’re in luck! Although clouds will gradually increase later in the day, high temperatures will be in the 50s.
A low pressure system will move in from the south and a cold front will approach from the west late Sunday into Monday. This will create messy conditions for the beginning of the workweek. Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall will move through overnight Sunday into Monday morning. Isolated storms are possible, but the severe weather risk appears to be on the low side. Stay safe and alert when traveling on rain-slicked roadways. The bulk of the rain will exit the region early Monday afternoon, although a few showers may stick around. High temperatures will be in the upper 50s and low 60s east of the I-81 corridor, but temperatures will be cooler (low 50s and 40s) toward the west. Winds will pick up Monday afternoon.
As the low pressure system treks northeast and the cold front sweeps through, we could see the chance for snow. Snow accumulation is mainly expected at higher elevations west of the I-81 corridor into the Greenbrier Valley along west-facing slopes, but some flakes may be seen in the New River Valley. The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to monitor the models to determine how much snow we could see.
Even if you do not see any snow, the entire area will deal with cold and blustery conditions Tuesday. Due to the passing cold front allowing cooler air to filter in Southwest and Central Virginia, high temperatures for the middle of the week will range from the chilly mid 40s to the cold low 30s. A few spots in the Alleghany Highlands may even struggle to warm up past the 30-degree mark. The brisk winds will make it feel colder outside, to make sure to bundle up!
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