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Dry, chilly Saturday followed by a Sunday mountain mix

A wintry mix is possible in the mountains early Sunday morning
Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 3:50 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 18, 2020 at 11:27 PM EST
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The chilly weather continues into the weekend with lows tonight in the 20s along with frost to start Saturday. Clouds will continue this weekend with cool temperatures. There is a chance of a stray rain or snow shower early Sunday before we dry out again next week. Our next decent chance of precipitation will come Christmas Eve with a strong cold front.

THIS WEEKEND

We’re looking at a quiet weather day Saturday with variably cloudy skies and highs in the low 40s for most areas.

Late Saturday night, a front will approach from the west leading to light snow showers and flurries for the higher elevations early Sunday morning. Some areas may wake to a dusting, but where it does happen to fall, accumulation would generally be under 1″.

At the same time, an area of low pressure will move up from the Gulf and into the Atlantic Ocean. The system may skirt the edge of our area early Sunday as the front moves through bringing rainfall to areas across the Southside, to perhaps as far north as even the Roanoke Valley.

Models have been back and forth on the northern extent but something to watch for now. Sunday temperatures return to the 40s.

A quick-moving front may combine with moisture from the south to bring a mix of rain and...
A quick-moving front may combine with moisture from the south to bring a mix of rain and mountain snow showers early Sunday morning.(WDBJ7)

MONDAY - WEDNESDAY

We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds Monday and as a weak system passes through the region we could pick up a stray shower. More sunshine builds in Tuesday and Wednesday. Our highs will also rebound back into the low to mid 50s.

Temperatures warm into the 50s early next week.
Temperatures warm into the 50s early next week.(WDBJ)

WHITE CHRISTMAS CHANCES

A strong cold front appears likely Wednesday into Thursday which will likely mean a big cool down just in time for the holiday. As for our White Christmas chances, for most it appears low, but western mountains do have a slightly better chance.

A blast of cold air behind a front will arrive by Christmas Day.
A blast of cold air behind a front will arrive by Christmas Day.(WDBJ7 Weather)
A cold front will approach the area Friday, Dec 24th bringing rain showers which may end as a...
A cold front will approach the area Friday, Dec 24th bringing rain showers which may end as a brief round of snow showers, mainly in the mountains.(WDBJ7)