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Wind advisory in place, mountain snow expected tonight

The first front brings clouds and windy weather late Monday into Tuesday
Published: Dec. 21, 2020 at 3:49 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 21, 2020 at 7:09 PM EST
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The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the southwestern part of our area. We’ll notice an increase in wind today, but they become really gusty tonight. We could see some wind gusts top 30-40mph. The wind diminishes later Tuesday with more sunshine. We remain quiet Wednesday with pockets of heavier rain Christmas Eve day. An Arctic front will move through early Friday changing any leftover rain showers into snow showers. This is a dynamic storm system with lots of energy meaning we could see some rain falling heavily at times and a strong gusty wind.

Clouds moved in on schedule this afternoon and were quite thick, blocking the viewing of the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Peter Forister managed to snap a photo of it in Charlottesville before the clouds rolled in.

All the highlighted counties in tan are under a wind advisory through noon on Tuesday.
All the highlighted counties in tan are under a wind advisory through noon on Tuesday.(WDBJ)

The wind overnight remains strong with gusts topping 30-40 mph in the higher elevations. That will make the morning lows in the 30s feel more like 20s once you factor in the wind chill. Skies will gradually begin to clear and we’ll wake to sunshine Tuesday morning.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY

More sunshine builds in Tuesday and lingers into the start of Wednesday along with afternoon highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. The forecast remains dry until late Wednesday night as a cold front moves toward the region.

CHRISTMAS RAIN, WIND AND COLD & SNOW

Cold, Canadian air will blow into the area behind a strong cold front arriving Christmas Eve. Ahead of the front, rain will fall for nearly all areas most of Thursday into Thursday night. This means it will likely be soggy if you’re going to see Christmas lights.

A soaking rain arrives Christmas Eve and will continue through around midnight before tapering...
A soaking rain arrives Christmas Eve and will continue through around midnight before tapering off.(WDBJ)

Cold air will quickly move in behind the front Christmas morning and may end up changing rain over to snow if it can arrive fast enough. This isn’t typically a good snow maker for our area, and often only the mountains are likely to see the accumulating snow. However, with strong winds, snow showers will likely blow over the mountains. Getting a coating or dusting is still unlikely for most outside of the typical areas along the VA/WV border. However, we’ll monitor as the week goes on.

We could see a few snow showers on Christmas Day if the cold air catches up to the leftover...
We could see a few snow showers on Christmas Day if the cold air catches up to the leftover moisture.(WDBJ)

Winds will turn very gusty behind the front Christmas Day and high temperatures will likely never make it out of the 20s to low 30s in most areas. Friday along with very windy conditions.

Might be a good day to get the fireplace going.