ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — After dealing with showers and fog over the weekend, we’re looking at a quieter weather pattern for the week ahead.
An area of high pressure will keep conditions dry and calm for Monday. It will be a cold start to the day as morning temperatures will be in the 20s. You may want to give yourself extra time Monday morning to defrost and heat up your car. Otherwise, there will be plenty of sunshine across Southwest Virginia for the start of the week. Temperatures will run slightly below average with highs forecast to reach the lower and middle 40s. It will be another chilly night ahead with overnight lows in the 20s.
The winter solstice, or the start of astronomical winter, is slated for 10:58 a.m. Tuesday. The direct rays of the sun will be over the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere. This will mark our shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Clouds will increase Tuesday as a low pressure system tracks to our south and east. Other than the clouds, we won’t see much from this system. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s and middle 50s. A few isolated showers cannot be ruled out for parts of Southside Tuesday evening.
A variable mix of sun and clouds is expected for Wednesday. Morning temperatures will be in the 30s while afternoon highs will be in the 40s and middle 50s. It will be a cold Wednesday night with low temperatures in the teens and 20s.
Thursday will be one of our cooler days. It will be sunny with high temperatures ranging from the upper 30s in the mountains to near 50 degrees in areas east of the Blue Ridge.
A warming trend will occur as we approach the Christmas holiday. Although skies will be variably cloudy Friday, much of the region is looking dry. Warm winds from the west and south will allow high temperatures to reach the milder 50s.
A few isolated showers cannot be ruled out for Christmas on Saturday. However, the chance for showers will stay mainly to our west. Otherwise, a mix of sun and clouds will be overhead for the holiday. It definitely won’t feel like winter outside, though. High temperatures are slated to warm up into the mild upper 50s and middle 60s.
After the holiday is over, we’re anticipating another cooldown. Sunday looks to be dry and breezy, but high temperatures will be in the cooler 50s.