As we begin our first full day of Winter 2019-20 the area will be under a blanket of clouds and temperature will be above normal. There will be some milder air arriving from the southwest that should allow the mercury in the thermometer to rise well into the 50s today in some locations east of the Foothills. The clouds will be widespread enough to significantly limit the rays of the suns from making it to the ground, but there will little to no chance for rain today. The rain chances are increased on Monday, but confined mainly to our Southside locations.
Mostly cloudy skies are expected to be the dominant weather feature as we move into the first week of winter. The clouds will be part of a much more complex and robust storm system that will be riding along the Gulf Coast Sunday then cross Northern Florida Monday before exiting the east coast by Tuesday. This is a stacked storm complex with an area of low pressure both along the surface and in the upper levels of the atmosphere. Heavy rain will pour down on the SE United States, but most indications are that the rain shield will not make it to the Commonwealth. There are some models that do have some rain along the border counties of Grayson, Carroll, Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania and Halifax so there may be some wet roads Monday morning. Other than that, expect mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies all the way into Christmas Eve.
The other noticeable feature weather-wise this week will be the warmth. A good number of locations should reach the 60s both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. No “White Christmas” for Virginia this year. It isn’t something that happens very much, below are the stats for a Roanoke White Christmas since 1912.
Monday will be a mixture of clouds and some sunshine, with more clouds than sun. The temperatures continue to push into the 50s as the warming trend continues.
Christmas Eve: Mostly sunny skies with some lingering cloud cover south and temps should make it into the 60s.
Christmas Day: Partly cloudy with temperature readings in the low 60s. Not a great day for snow, but driving conditions should not be a problem when you are going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house.
Still mild and dry into the middle of the week.
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