SCATTERED SHOWERS TONIGHT
VERY MILD THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE
TRACKING STORM SYSTEM - - - RAINY & BREEZY CONDITIONS MID-WEEK
FEW FLURRIES AND MOUNTAIN SNOW SHOWERS CHRISTMAS MORNING
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 37-42 (33-37 east). Southeast wind 5 mph or less.
Tuesday: Scattered showers possible early. Partly sunny. Rain likely late (thunder possible). Mild. Highs 54-60. Southeast wind 5-10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Rain likely, possibly heavy (thunder possible). Breezy and mild. Lows 45-51. Southeast wind 5-15 mph.
Wednesday: Periods of rain. Thunder possible. Warm and breezy. Highs 59-65. South wind 5-15 mph.
Fog and drizzle will continue near the Blue Ridge this evening. Scattered showers are expected tonight across the region with mild overnight lows.
Meanwhile, we continue to track a rather impressive storm system that will begin impacting our weather on Tuesday. Some higher elevations could start seeing breezy conditions as soon as tonight.
Starting Tuesday, winds will begin to surge out of the south. That alone will help guide our temperatures to well above the average. A few showers are possible early Tuesday, then look for some clearing. The heaviest of rain showers (and maybe a few claps of thunder) will wait until late Tuesday (after sunset) and Wednesday morning before impacting our region. As low pressure develops off the Gulf Coast, the threat for severe weather remains over the Deep South.
As this system continues to deepen and low pressure moves north past our viewing area, we’re left with quite the soaker for Christmas Eve. It looks like all rain for Christmas Eve as very mild air continues to be channeled in from the south. We’re talking high temperatures in the 60s and winds breezy at times, especially in the higher elevations. This could make traveling a bit rough for Santa as he ventures down south! Like Tuesday, we may even hear a few claps of thunder on Christmas Eve. Again, the severe weather threat for us is low.
The colder air behind this system won't arrive until overnight Christmas Eve into the early hours of Christmas morning. A cold front associated with this storm system will slide through the area late Wednesday into early Thursday. Given the right amount of moisture, this could mean some light snow showers or flurries for our area. I don’t expect anything to be heavy enough to really accumulate all that much. Little to no accumulation in the valleys and up to an inch in the mountains. Keep checking back for updates as we continue to monitor any possibility of winter weather around a major holiday/traveling day. As light rain showers/snow showers move out of the area, skies will gradually clear during the afternoon on Christmas. It will be breezy and colder for Christmas Day.
High pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will guide some warmer air into the region on Friday with mostly to partly sunny skies expected. Another weather disturbance moving in from the west could supply us with some rain next weekend.
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Our average high is 46, and our average low is 26.
Meteorologist David Boyd