Soaking rain possible by the weekend

Highs well above average for most of the week
Rain chances increase on Wednesday.
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 3:52 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2021 at 5:02 PM EST
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  • Lots of clouds and mild tonight
  • Highs in the 60s & 70s continue
  • Showers move in late Wednesday

The familiar warm weather pattern is set to continue in the final week of 2021 capping off one of the warmest Decembers on record. Highs looks to build into the 60s and 70s this week thanks to a strong southwest flow. This same pattern will allow for multiple chances of rain this week extending into New Year’s weekend. We finally could get a taste of winter next week.

Mild conditions continue tonight.
Mild conditions continue tonight.(WDBJ Weather)

TONIGHT

Lots of clouds and mild temperatures continue tonight with lows in the 50s and 60s. A few isolated showers will be possible overnight, but it will mainly be along and West of the Blue Ridge.

WEDNESDAY

The unseasonably warm temperatures continue through the end of 2021. We’re expecting highs to climb well into the 60s and 70s with increasing rain chances late in the day.

Mild on Wednesday with increasing rain chances.
Mild on Wednesday with increasing rain chances.(WDBJ Weather)

Those showers that develop Wednesday look to continue into the first part of Thursday. We’re looking at a tenth or two of moisture from now until Thursday.

Rain increases from West to East on Wednesday.
Rain increases from West to East on Wednesday.(WDBJ Weather)

It appears our best shot at widespread rain will arrive New Year’s weekend with a large system (or two) expected Saturday and Sunday. There remains uncertainty on the location of these systems, but odds are favorable for beneficial rain to begin 2022. A potent cold front could could change some of the rain over to snow showers in the mountains by later Sunday. Some areas may see more than an inch of rain by the weekend.

Widespread rain likely New Year's weekend with cold air to follow.
Widespread rain likely New Year's weekend with cold air to follow.(WDBJ Weather)

At this time the 7 day rainfall outlook is shows the potential for a lot of rainfall for this coming weekend. This could change in the coming days.

Rainfall outlook through Sunday.
Rainfall outlook through Sunday.(WDBJ Weather)

DROUGHT INDEX

The U.S. Drought Index shows the drought conditions are looking even worse for our area. The Moderate Drought has expanded all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Severe Drought areas remain across the Southside.

Moderate Drought expands east this week.
Moderate Drought expands east this week.(WDBJ7)