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Rain, wind and mountain snow to start the weekend

Widespread rainfall may cause localized flooding into early Saturday
Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 3:50 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2020 at 9:10 PM EST
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WEEKEND HEADLINES

  • Widespread rain overnight; heavy at times
  • Winds may gusts over 40mph late tonight
  • Mountain snow west of the Blue Ridge
  • More impactful snow event possible next week

TONIGHT & SATURDAY

Rain continues to inch closer tonight and will overspread the region from the southwest through the evening, becoming widespread and even heavy at times late.

Most of the showers should begin to exit the area early Saturday morning before the sun even rises.

RAINFALL TOTALS: Generally .50″ to 2″ is possible by Saturday morning.

WIND: Gusts may top 40mph late tonight and remain windy through early afternoon

MOUNTAIN SNOW: As the system departs early Saturday morning, it will drag in colder weather from the northwest. This will bring another round of light snow to the western slopes early Saturday morning.

Highs this weekend will climb into the 40s and low 50s with another cold blast coming on Sunday.

Rain picks up in intensity late today through tonight.
Rain picks up in intensity late today through tonight.(WDBJ)

SUNDAY

Sunshine returns for the second part of the weekend with a gusty northwest wind. Highs on Sunday will only climb into the upper 40s. It looks like the cold weather will stick around as we start our next work week.

Temperatures drop into the 40s this weekend into early next week.
Temperatures drop into the 40s this weekend into early next week.(WDBJ)

MONDAY

We have an interesting weather set-up for Monday morning. Several computer models are showing temperatures will be hovering below freezing early Monday morning. At the same time we have the potential of seeing moisture moving in from the south.

While several models keep a bulk of the moisture outside of our area, a few others have enough moisture making it into the region that we would see a period of light snow.

POTENTIAL TIMING: Moisture may develop overnight Sunday and last through Monday.

The first picture below is the Euro model showing some light snow for us while the picture below that shows the GFS which keeps most of the moisture outside of our region. It’s to early to say anything with confidence about this system yet, but remain weather aware for the potential impacts of some light wintry weather Monday morning.

Potential light snow Monday morning.
Potential light snow Monday morning.(WDBJ)
Most of the moisture stays south of the area.
Most of the moisture stays south of the area.(WDBJ)

This is still much too soon for any details, but it’s something we’re watching closely. Should everything come together, we’d be looking at a lighter snow event. We’ll keep you posted through the weekend.

The forecast warms up next week into the mid 50s by late-week.