A soggy start to 2021

Rain along with pockets of freezing drizzle possible today
Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 3:50 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 1:08 PM EST
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Not only was it one of the wettest years in history for Roanoke and Lynchburg, but also one of the warmest for the area. We’ll keep the rain theme going as we start the New Year as well. A cold front and low pressure system will bring us a widespread soaking until around midnight. After midnight, skies begin to clear some with temperatures actually warming a few degrees. We’ll dry out Saturday before more rain pre-dawn Sunday morning.

Rainfall totals of 0.5″-1″ look likely into the evening with some higher totals farther south into North Carolina.g.


The weekend starts out with intervals of clouds and sunshine Saturday, however, another storm along the coast will throw more rain our way into early Sunday. Afternoon highs Saturday will be quite warm, returning to the low 60s.

By Saturday night, rain will overspread the area between midnight and 2 a.m. while most of us are sleeping, bringing a soaking through sunrise Sunday. After the rain, much of Sunday will be cloudy with cooler highs in the 40s. and low 50s.