Although the air is extremely dry, an isolated sprinkle or flurry may fall across far southwest Virginia tonight. Otherwise most stay dry under mostly cloudy skies and lows falling into the low and mid 30s.
Morning sunshine will make way for late day clouds Friday with highs reaching the mid to upper 40s.
The storm advertised for the weekend looks more like a light event as a good portion of the system stays south of the area. Models are trending toward a more easterly track of the Gulf low. As a result, moisture will be limited.
Additionally, temperatures will barely be cold enough for snow development, and the bulk of the moisture will stay across the Gulf Coast states.
Overall, highs on Saturday will linger near 40° with patchy drizzle and a slight chance for flurries. Sunday is dry with more sunny breaks and afternoon temperatures in the mid 40s.
With the cold pattern in place, we'll need to keep a close eye on storm development during the week of Christmas and New Years as well. It's an active pattern setting up through the end of the year that will bring a storm close to the east coast every few days.
In the days leading up to Christmas, we anticipate a little sleet on Monday before changing over to only rain showers which will continue Tuesday and Wednesday (Christmas Eve). Christmas Day appears dry at this point.