Rainy pattern this weekend, still mild today but cooler on Sunday

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Mostly cloudy skies are expected today as the region deals with another round of mild air migrating across the region. The mild air is expected to be coming to an end as the cooler pool of air is slated for Sunday once a cold front moves through the Commonwealth.

The bulk of the rain today will be to the west and north, then shift over Virginia overnight into Sunday. The models are expecting to pull the cooler air down from the NW behind the front and as the rain arrives there may be a wintry mix over the Alleghany Mountains.

As the showers exit the region Sunday morning, there will be a slight chance that some of the rain may get a bit robust east of the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Overall the weekend will be defined in two parts, warm and rainy followed by sunny and cool.

Also, there will be a full moon today and the full moon for the Month of December is nicknamed the Cold Moon for obvious reasons. Although there may not be much cool air in place today, we are still calling it the Cold Moon.

It is also a “Micro Moon”, meaning it is full at apogee, the farthest point away from the earth during the lunar orbit. If it were full at perigee, the closest distance to the earth, it is referred to as a Super Moon.

Also, the Astronomical Winter begins on Tuesday morning at 10:58 as the direct rays of the sun are over the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere, marking the start of the winter season. The Winter Solstice. The Meteorological Winter began on December 1st

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Chief Meteorologist
John Carroll

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